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Agenda - Africa

The 2nd Annual Africa Export Finance Briefing Day

08.15 Registration and refreshments

08:45 Chairperson’s opening remarks

Greg Fyfe, Head, Mining, Energy and Infrastructure Finance South Africa, Standard Bank

09.00 A macro-economic overview: An African banking crisis, ‘Brexit’ implications, and political risk in Africa

  • How have some African countries managed to weather the economic storm, while others face major debt and banking crises in the near term?
  • Which African countries stand to benefit as some metals prices make a gradual recovery and what opportunities will this pose for trade and investment?
  • What will be the implications for Africa of the ‘Brexit’ vote and what challenges and opportunities are likely to emerge for trade with the EU and UK?
  • Which African countries will pose high risk situations over the next year due to political volatility and economic crises? How will investors and trade be impacted?
  • The presentation will use case-studies in Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and other countries.

Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX Africa

09:45 Understanding the preconditions of ECA coverage in Africa and how their involvement is evolving

  • Exploring the criteria and content requirements of ECA coverage
  • Balancing local and international content requirements
  • How comprehensive is coverage across the supply chain? Have ECAs needed to adapt their products and coverage range?

Dr. Hendrik Holdefleiss, Head of Department, Underwriting and Risk Management, Euler Hermes
Bhalerao, General Manager, Export-Import Bank of India
David Ludlow
, International Business Development Director, UK Export Finance
Topi Vesteri
, Deputy CEO, Group Chief Credit Officer, Finnvera Oyj
Matti Malminen
, Director, Trade & Export Finance, Konecranes, moderator

10:30 Morning refreshments and networking break

11:15 How much of an impact has the commodity downswing had on key sector growth opportunities and themes for the oil and gas sector?

  • What is the future outlook for upstream oil and gas projects in the region, what are the drivers for growth, where will this growth take place, and what are some of the key sectoral themes?
  • What and where are the areas for growth in the mid and downstream sectors?
  • Refining vs storage – how will this play out across the continent?
  • To what extent will the “lower for longer” oil price scenario potentially result in projects being delayed, cancelled or progressed?
  • Case study on Mozambique LNG: Will it or wont it?

Simon Lee, Head of Export Finance, Sub-Saharan Africa, HSBC
Paul Eardley-Taylor
, Oil & Gas, Southern Africa, Standard Bank
Eduardo Oliveira
Greg Fyfe
, Head, Mining, Energy and Infrastructure Finance South Africa, Standard Bank, moderator

12:00 What infrastructure is needed to support energy projects and how will it be financed?

  • Are energy projects financially viable for international banks given the uncertainty with offtake agreements?
  • How willing are ECAs to support renewable energy and infrastructure projects?
  • How can private-public partnerships encourage the growth in these types of projects?

Stéphanie Dengis, Head of Unit, International Expertise Environment, COFACE
Tusekile Kibonde
, Resident Underwriter, African Trade Insurance Agency
Rob McNabb
, Head of Clean Energy Construction, Eversheds LLP
Jørgen Kragh
, Head of Project Finance, Large Corporates, EKF
Michael Creighton
, Head: Export Credit Finance, Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, moderator

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Working better together: How will the relationships between ECAs, multilaterals and DFIs become more efficient?

  • What are the challenges in the relationship among ECAs, multilaterals and DFIs?
  • What will this mean for the financing mix of future projects?
  • How far can export finance go under the constraints of a debt ceiling?
  • How important are co-insurance and private insurance funding these long-term projects?
  • Will the introduction of new multilateral banks such as the New Development Bank help ease funding issues for these deals?

Kofi Asumadu Addo, Manager, Guarantees and Special Finance, African Export-Import Bank
Jørgen Kragh, Head of Project Finance, Large Corporates, EKF
Justo Garcia, Head of Structured Finance, HOMT
Henrique de Azevedo Avila
, Head of Business Development in Africa, Export Credit Division, Brazilian Development Bank
Marcus Williams
, Acting Sector Manager & Lead Operations Officer – Energy and Extractive Industries, MIGA
Rebecka Lundgren
, Senior Country Analyst, Sub-Saharan Africa, EKN, moderator

15:00 Moving away from hard currency: How much interest is there from ECAs and banks to use local currency financing?

  • An in-depth analysis of the benefits and disadvantages of using local currency.
  • If ECAs and banks were to consider using local currency, what criteria needs to be fulfilled?
  • Assessing the FX implications for banks and ECAs when the local currency is exposed to an environment of depreciation

Chris Cook, Vice President, Export and Agency Finance EMEA, Citi
Stephen Wilhelm
, International Business Development Regional Vice President-EMEA, Export Development Canada (EDC)
Michael Emery
, Head of EMEA Syndications, IFC
Lasitha Perera
, Chief Investment Officer, GuarantCo
David Humphrey
, Global Head of Power and Infrastructure, Standard Bank, moderator

15:45 Afternoon refreshments and networking break

16:15 Champagne roundtables

The briefing day will break out into roundtable discussions, focussed on specific regions and sectors, allowing delegates to create their own agenda. Led by an expert moderator, the roundtables will create an informal environment to discuss and debate sectorial and regional issues over a glass of champagneAttendees will be able to move around the tables, maximising networking and learning opportunities.

  • East Africa

Rebecka Lundgren, Senior Country Analyst, Sub-Saharan Africa, EKN

  • Infrastructure

Tony Lindström, Director Customer Finance & Risk, Volvo

  • Africa’s legal and regulatory system

Geoffrey L. Wynne, Partner, Head of Trade & Export Finance, Sullivan and Worcester UK LLP

  • Renewable Energy Projects

Stéphanie Dengis, Head of Unit, International Expertise Environment, COFACE

  • Forecasting Africa’s future in times of instability

Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX Africa

17:30 Chairperson’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Greg Fyfe, Head, Mining, Energy and Infrastructure Finance South Africa, Standard Bank