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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Wednesday 15th February 2017: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

8:00AM Registration and Morning Refreshments
8:45AM Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
Paul Jebely, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP
9:00AM TAAG Airlines thrive under Emirates management
  • What impact has Emirates management had on the airline?
  • How did TAAG cut losses over such a short period of time?
  • What role did the Angolan Government play in the turn around?
Vipula Gunatilleka, Chief Executive Officer, TAAG
9:30AM Investors look into Congo Airways
  • How do Congo Airways plan to originate a domestic market?
  • What measures should airlines in high risk/unstable regions take to reassure investors?
  • How do Congo Airways plan to fund future deliveries?
Jérôme Maillet, Deputy Chief Executive Office & Accountable Manager, Congo Airways
10:00AM Keynote address from the Ministry of Aviation, Ghana
Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister Of Avation, Government of Ghana
10:15AM Morning refreshments and networking break
11:00AM Does aviation hold the key to unlock the economic potential of Africa?
  • Overview of the regional economy and the state of aviation in Africa
  • Drawing the link between aviation and growth
  • Can the current state of African infrastructure benefit aviation?
Edmund Makona, Founding Member & Aviation Consultant, Eagle Aviation Consultancy
11:30AM Evolutions from Basel 1 to Basel 4
  • What are the changes from Basel 1 to Basel 4?
  • What do changes in Basel regulations mean for aircraft financing?
  • How might regulatory developments create opportunities for other types of financing?
Carsten Wiebers, Managing Director, KfW IPEX Bank
11:55AM Who will fill the role of ECA financing?
  • When will ECAs restrictions be lifted?
  • How can African financial institutions support the demand for ECA financing?
  • Do development agencies have a role to play in filling the void left by ECAs? 
Moderator: James Geldenhuys, Head of Aircraft Finance, Nedbank Corporate & Investment Banking
Raubil Durowoju, OIC Infrastructure Finance & PPP Division, Private Sector Operations, African Development Bank
Carsten Wiebers, Managing Director, KfW IPEX Bank
Marcio Migon, Head Of Department Aircraft Financing Export Credit Division, BNDES - Brazilian Development Bank
12:25PM An insight into the nature of state involvement in African carriers
  • What funding challenges and opportunities does state ownership present?
  • How can strategic partnerships help to bridge the gap in terms of financing needs?
  • What are the pros and cons of the state owned model?
12:50PM Lunch and networking break
2:00PM Are LCCs facing an uphill struggle?
  • What challenges does the region’s vast diversity and complexity pose to the replication of the LCC model?
  • The impact of a limited existing network, high taxes and high fuel prices on the LCC model
  • Due to the high risk environment, lease rates are high and financing is expensive, how can LCCs overcome this?
Nico Bezuidenhout, Chief Executive Officer, FastJet
2:30PM Where is airline funding coming from?
  • Who are the new investors in the region and what impact are they having on existing structure tenors and leasing terms?
  • Does the use of IATA receivables really add value?
  • Is the market ready for foreign direct investment?
Moderator: Alexis Fekete, Executive Director, Seabury Corporate Advisory & Aviation Investment Banking
James Geldenhuys, Head of Aircraft Finance, Nedbank CIB
David Minty, Head of Africa Aviation Finance, Investec Bank
Seth Fraser, Senior Director, Customer Finance, Boeing Capital Corporation
Frank Wulf, Managing Director, Regional Head of Aviation EMEA, DVB Bank SE
Anas Bennani, Managing Director, Palma Holding Limited
3:15PM Which aircraft are most suited to the African market’s potential for growth?
  • With passenger traffic predicted to sharply increase over the coming years, which aircraft should airlines hedge their bets on?
  • What restrictions and barriers does existing infrastructure present to an airline’s choice of aircraft?
  • Which aircraft deliver the best economy for regional travel?
Moderator: Marian Pistik, Head of Asset Management, International Airfinance Corporation
Jerome Gabory, Head of Leasing Markets, ATR
Simon Newitt, Vice President Africa, Latin America and Portugal, Embraer
Joep Ellers, Marketing Director & Analyst, Airbus
Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean, Bombardier
3:45PM Afternoon refreshments and networking break
4:30PM Closing keynote: How can Africa fight its competition?
  • How can African carriers look to build the scale required to compete with international carriers?
  • Are global alliances and partnerships the required tool to take back market share?
  • Is there an argument for greater protectionism?
Tewolde Gebremariam, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines
5:00PM Chairperson’s closing remarks
5:15PM Drinks reception

Day 2: 16th February 2017: Thursday, February 16, 2017

9:15AM Registration and opening remarks
9:30AM Chairperson’s opening remarks
Paul Jebely, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP
9:45AM Opportunities for start-up carriers – Fly Blue Crane
  • Making a business case to start an airline in Africa
  • How do you get the passengers to start with? What are the economic factors and drivers?
  • In what way does the level of assumption associated with entering a relatively untapped market pose a barrier to start-up airlines?
Siza Mzimela, Chief Executive Officer, Fly Blue Crane
10:15AM Key factors impacting lessors’ strategy in Africa
  • How do lessors determine lease pricing for airlines/start-up airlines in the region?
  • In what way do lessors look to support airlines in the region?
  • To what extent are international lessors capitalising on the secondary aircraft market in Africa?
Moderator: Corina Sylira, Managing Director, DVB Bank SE
Gareth Delany, Executive Director & Chief Technical Officer, Ping An Aircraft Leasing
Kenneth Wigmore, Head of EMEA, AerCap
Jim Lui, Deputy General Manager, ICBC
Joseph Ward, Vice President, CIT Aerospace International
Joey Zhao, Senior Customer Manager, Aviation, Bocomm Leasing
11:00AM Morning refreshments and networking break
11:30AM The impact of oil prices and other factors on aircraft choice
  • Buy vs. lease for African carriers
  • Do oil prices stand to further strengthen the secondary market?
  • What types of aircraft are easier/harder to remarket in the region?
Moderator: Jack Dutton, Editor, Airfinance Journal
Michael Adams, Business Development Manager, Solenta Aviation (Pty) Ltd
Tony Whitty, Senior Director, Remarketing, Air Partner
Marian Pistik, Head of Asset Management, International Airfinance Corporation
12:15PM Does Africa hold a comparative advantage for MRO facilities?
  • Is there a market for a major MRO facility in Africa?
  • Would an increase in capacity of African MROs boost lessors’ confidence in the region?
  • How can existing MRO facilities compete with external competition?
James Bennett, Director - Sales & Marketing, AerFin
Ian Taylor, Acting Vice President - Sales & Commercial, Turbine Services and Solutions Aerospace
1:00PM Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by lunch and close of conference