GTR Africa 2019

For well over a decade, GTR Africa has provided the annual highlight to key players in the Africa trade, commodity and export finance market and returns once again to Cape Town as the regional flagship event on March 14-15.

With extensive opportunities for networking and business development, the event will consider the latest trends impacting on African trade and export finance, profiling opportunities across a wide range of countries and sectors and highlighting key challenges and obstacles.

With over 350 delegates expected to attend from across the continent, this is the event to attend for anyone serious about conducting trade and export finance business in Africa.

Topics include

  • All change in Africa: A snapshot of business sentiment in the current climate
  • Africa’s sovereign debt crisis: What are the causes and what’s next?
  • The contractor viewpoint: Tales of doing business in Africa
  • ‘Cover or no cover’: What is the ECA appetite for funding African business?
  • Filling the breadbasket: The importance of a thriving agribusiness sector
  • Assessing investment attractiveness in Africa’s key markets
  • Lofty ambitions: AfCFTA and the prospects for intra-regional trade
  • Live broking’: Assessing the appetite for African risk

Featured sessions and formats

Industry discussion: Is trade still a force for good?
Held in partnership with Invest Africa, this high-level discussion will consider the increasing use of trade as an instrument of trade policy and the potential impact on African markets

African fintech showcase
Powered by ITFA, this section will seek to showcase some of the more interesting and innovative technology companies working in African trade to a panel of experts, comparing and contrasting their market offerings

Finding new solutions to meet Africa’s needs
This breakout-style format will bring together a range of experts to consider the role of external sources in addressing financing shortfalls, after which participants will engage in more detailed private discussions

Classroom-style breakout: ‘The big guns’
This interactive workshop format will divide delegates into a series of working groups for brainstorming and idea sharing on South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt, before bringing everyone back together for conclusions

Question Time: How can African trade be more inclusive?
With financial inclusion continuing to feature at the top of the agenda for banks and policy makers alike, this closing plenary will take on the ‘Question Time’ format, with the impetus for the discussion coming from the audience

Speakers include

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds, Former UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister for Africa; Chairman of the Advisory Board, Invest Africa
  • Dr Nigel Chanakira, Executive Chairman, Success Motivation Institute (Zimbabwe); Former Chairman, Zimbabwe Investment Authority
  • Rob Hersov, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Invest Africa
  • Emma Wade-Smith, UK Trade Commissioner for Africa
  • Goolam Ballim, Chief Economist, Standard Bank Group
  • Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott, Head of Regional Observatory, South African Institute of International Affairs
  • Paul Woodman, Chief Operating Officer, International, ASGC
  • Riccardo Fanelli, Managing Director, Concrete Finance
  • Alex Marshall, Group Marketing & Compliance Director, Clarke Energy
  • Elizabeth Stephens, Founder & Managing Director, Trendline Analytics
  • Munyaradzi Musamba, Managing Director, Thermal Agriculture
  • Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX Africa
  • Yang Sheng, Representative, South Africa Office, Sinosure
  • Chidinma Lawanson, Consultant, Financial Institutions Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

View the full list of speakers here.

For more information contact:
Elisabeth Spry