Programme of Events
 
Proposed summit on China-Africa Economic & Trade Relations

Topic: CHINA-AFRICA CO-OPERATION: WHO REALLY BENEFITS?

VENUE: Abuja, Nigeria

DATE: APRIL 26-27, 2016


PROGRAMME

MONDAY 25TH APRIL: COURTESY CALL ON THE VICE-­‐PRESIDENT BY SIR VINCE CABLE,YUN SUN, AND HOWARD W.FRENCH.

TUESDAY 26TH APRIL

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome and introduction to conference

Conference Chair: Mr. Kayode Soyinka, Publisher Africa Today
08:45 - 09:15 Opening Remarks and Official Opening of conference -
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
09:15 – 09:45 Keynote Address 1: Special Guest of Honour Sir Vince Cable, UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 2010 - 2015
09:45 - 10:15 OFFICIAL PICTURES

Refreshment/Coffee break

Vice President departs
10:15 - 10:45 Keynote Address 2: Dr. Okechukwu Enelema, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment
10:45 - 11:15 Keynote Address 3: Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister of Budget and National Planning
11:15 – 11:45 Keynote Address 4: 
11:45 – 12:30 Discussion 1 – Creating Better Understanding of the China - Africa Co-operation

  • How real is the Co-operation?

  • What has been its achievements since its establishment 6 years ago

  • What is it that China really wants from Africa? And what is it that Africa wants from China?

  • Is it a “Win-­‐Win Situation” as China wants us to believe? Or a “Win-­‐Lose Situation” from Africa’s own perspective?
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 13:45 Keynote Address 5: Professor Yun Sun, The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA
13:45 - 14:10 Keynote Address 6:  
14:10 - 14:40 Keynote Address 7: Dr. Frank S. U. Jacobs, President, Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria
14:40 – 15:10 Keynote Address 8: Former Professor Bola Akinterinwa, Director General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs
15:10 - 15:45 Discussion 2 – How can Africa take advantage of the opportunities offered by Chinese involvement and investment?

  • Attracting investment and project finance

  • How is the current financing environment supporting and underpinning investment and how can this be improved?

  • What finance is required to build and operate reliable infrastructure and where will investment come from?

  • What challenges do countries face and are there any plans for new funding mechanisms to assist African countries?

  • What factors do China banks and financial institutions consider before investing in African projects?
15:45 - 16:10 Closing and summation of conference
  Conference Chair: Kayode Soyinka, Publisher Africa Today
16:10 - 16:50 Refreshment Break
END OF DAY 1  
   
DAY 2  
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome and introduction to DAY 2 of the conference Conference Chair: Mr. Kayode Soyinka, Publisher Africa Today
08:45 - 09:15 Keynote address 1: The Governor of Jigawa State
09:15 – 09:45 Keynote Address 2: Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing
09:45 - 10:15 Keynote Address 3: Professor Howard W. French
Columbia University, New York
10:15 - 10:45 Refreshment/Coffee break/Governor of Jigawa State and Minister depart
10:45 - 11:15 Keynote Address 4: Mr Ken Okaoha (President, NANT)
11:15 - 11:45 Keynote Address 5: China Ambassador to Nigeria
11:45 – 12:30 Discussion/Question Time
12:30 - 12:45 Closing Keynote Address: China Ambassador to Nigeria
12:45 - 13:00 Closing and summation of conference
Conference Chair: Kayode Soyinka, Publisher Africa Today
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch


END OF CONFERENCE
 


 
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