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South Africa, an indispensable market to fuel development on the African continent

  • Following a complicated year for the global economy as a whole, South Africa is already preparing itself for a “post-covid world”, the bulk of its stimulus programme focused on infrastructure and major projects. During the course of last year and in spite of the pandemic, France has further enhanced its visibility in South Africa through the implementation of various economic initiatives piloted by the French Team in South Africa, including the French Committee of Trade Advisors and the French-South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FSACCI)

 

  • Equipped with a strong industrial base, a leading financial sector and a true and significant middle class, South Africa has become  more and more a global player for international trade. It has the richest (GDP per capita) and most diversified economy in Africa

 

  • A regional platform for Africa and France’s biggest trading partner in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa has established itself as key market for development on the African continent

Nigeria, a record-breaking country on the African continent

  • Nigeria is a record-breaking country on the African continent, a vital part of any business venture in the sub-Saharan region. It is the leading economic power ahead of Egypt and South Africa, as well as the demographic powerhouse of the continent, whose population of 200 Mn people is expected to double by 2050

 

  • The country’s Economic recovery & growth plan has helped improve its « Doing Business » ratings, and kickstarted reforms to its agricultural, industrial and services sectors, all which are intended to support a transition away from its petroleum-based economy

 

  • Despite the COVID public health and economic crisis, the Nigerian economy is expected to grow by 2.5% in 2021 according to the IMF. There is vast potential for large scale projects in agriculture, industry, infrastructure, and telecoms.

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About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in the Eurozone and a prominent international banking instiution. It has a presence in 68 countries, with more than 193,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets, International Financial Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking. The Group helps all its clients to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas, as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.  

 

BNP Paribas has been operating in the MEA region for over 45 years, where it is active in the fields of Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services. The Bank has a presence in five of the Gulf countries:Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab EmiratesThe Bank also has a presence in South Africa via a Full Commercial Branch, which acts as a regional hub for operations in Southern Africa, and in Morocco through BNP Paribas Regional Investment Company (BRIC), which acts as a hub for wider Africa. 

 

Through its presence on the ground and with the expertise of a team of talented and diverse individuals, the bank’s MEA network enjoys a leading position in many areas including fixed income, debt capital markets, cash management, trade finance and advisory services.  

About RCS

Founded in 1999, RCS is a leading consumer finance company that serves more than 2.5 million customers across South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Having become a wholly-owned subsidiary of global bank BNP Paribasin2015, the RCS group employs over 2000 people and offers a range of credit and personal finance products including Cards, Loans, Insurance and Car Finance. Today, RCS is the largest provider of white label consumer finance products in South Africa, powering credit solutions for over 30 of South Africa’s largest retailers. Committed to uplifting the communities in which it operates, RCS–as part of its CSR initiatives and in partnership with TSIBA Ignition Academy–supports local start-ups through Level Up, an enterprise and supplier initiative. The initiative empowers local starts-ups to grow their businesses through various innovation and mentorship programmes.

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INVITÉE D’HONNEUR

Phumzile LANGENI

Special Invetment Envoy, appointed by H.E.M Cyril RAMAPHOSA, President of the Republic of South Africa

Programme

South Africa Business Conference - Morning Session

09:00 Opening Statements

Christophe LECOURTIER, CEO, Business France

HE Tebogo SEOKOLO, South African Ambassador to France

HE Aurélien LECHEVALLIER, French Ambassador to South Africa

09:20 Key Note Speaker

Phumzile LANGENI, Special Investment Envoy appointed by H.E President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa

09:45 South Africa economic outlook: Cyclical or secular optimism?

Regan ADAMS, CEO, RCS Group South Africa

Jeffrey SCHULTZ, Chief Economist, BNP Paribas South Africa

10:10 Introductory Round Table discussion: The keys to successful business development in South Africa

Yunus HOOSEN, CEO Invest in South Africa

Axel BAROUX, Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa, BUSINESS FRANCE

Sebastien de PLACE, Group Partner, MAZARS in South Africa 

Enrico STECCHEZZINI, Africa Territory Manager, SOCOMEC

10:55 French companies in South Africa: what kind of image?

Phumzile LANGENI, Special Investment Envoy appointed by H.E President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa

Jean-Claude LASSERRE, CEO Africa SAINT GOBAIN and President of the CCE Committee South Africa

Dr Yves GUENON, Président de la FSACCI and Vice-president of the CCE Committee South Africa

Bertrand FURNO, Head of the Regional Economic Department Southern Africa

11:30 Infrastructure, mobility and logistics : the pillars of the South African Stimulus Plan

Shaun VORSTER, Audit Partner, Mazars in South Africa

Jean-Claude LASSERRE, CEO Africa, SAINT GOBAIN and President CCE Committee South Africa

Hervé PERRON, Managing Director for International Freight Forwarding & Contract Logistics, Bolloré Logistics South Africa

Philippe DELLEUR, Vice President, Alstom and Representative of the France-South Africa Business Council of MEDEF International

12:15  The Middle class and consumption : what habits ? What perspectives ?  

Regan ADAMS, CEO, RCS Group South Africa

Cédric SENNEPIN, CEO, Leroy Merlin/Groupe Adeo South Africa

Olivier GRANET, CEO, KASADA Capital Management

12:50 End of workshop

14:00 – 18:00 Virtual exchange :  « video conference sessions » with event participants and market experts from BUSINESS FRANCE South Africa

Nigeria Business Conference - Afternoon Session

9h00 – 13h00  Video conference meeting with speakers and experts from the Business France office in Lagos

14:00 Opening Remarks

– HE Jérôme PASQUIER, Ambassador of France to Nigeria
– HE Kayode I. LARO, Ambassador of Nigeria to France
–  Christophe LECOURTIER, CEO Business France

14:20 Address of the Keynote Speaker

– Dr Ibukun AWOSIKA, CEO, Sokoa Chair Center Group

14:30 Introductory discussion: Opportunities and Challenges

– Pascal FURTH, Head, Regional Economic Service, Nigeria-Ghana, French Embassy in Nigeria
– Jean HAAS, Managing Director of Relais International, Secretary General of the France Nigeria Business Council

14:50 Introductory discussion: Promising Sectors & Incorporation in Nigeria
– Mounir ALHOZ, Country Director, Business France Nigeria
– Uhabia OJIKE, Managing Partner, Mazars Nigeria

15:10 1st Round Table: Health Sector
– Renaud BAUCHAMP, Deputy Managing Director, Assene Laborex
– Frederic LIEUTAUD, Managing Director, Swiss Pharma Nigeria
– Hans HERDENBERGER, Managing Director, EGIS,
– Franz DEBRIL, Regional Sales Director, International SOS

15:50 2nd Round Table: Modernization of the Agricultural Sector in Nigeria
– Akindele PHILLIPS, Co-Founder & CEO, FARM CROWDY
– Xavier DEQUIPPE, Managing Director & Co-founder – Feed Avenue Ltd
– Valor IDUH, Senior Trade Advisor, Business France Nigeria
– Ndidi NWUNELI, Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, Co-Founder, AACE Food Processing & Distribution

16:30 3rd Round Table: The Logistics Market in Nigeria
– Lionel ODEYER, Managing Director, CMA-CGM
– Eric MALDONADO, Managing Director, Advanced International Merchants
– Romain POIROT-LELLIG, Founder KWIK
– Laetitia VAGNER, Sales Manager Government & Trade Services, INTERTEK

17:10 4th Round Table: Energy Challenges in Nigeria
– Marc GENITEAU, Director – Deepwater district at Total E&P Nigeria
– Christophe BEGAT, Director of Schneider Electric Nigeria
– Dimitrios DENDROULAKIS, Regional Sales Manager, Axens
– Emmanuel UWANDU, Executive Director, Kiakiagas

17:50 Closing Remarks
– Mounir ALHOZ, Country Director, Business France, Nigeria

Speakers - South Africa

Christophe LECOURTIER

General Director BUSINESS FRANCE

H.E.M. Aurélien LECHEVALLIER

French Ambassador to South Africa

S.E.M. Tebogo SEOKOLO

South African Ambassador to France

Bertrand FURNO

Head of Regional Economic Department Southern Africa

Regan ADAMS

CEO, RCS Group South Africa

 

Sebastien de PLACE

Group Partner, MAZARS in South Africa

 

Jeffrey SCHULTZ

Chief Economist of BNP Paribas South Africa

Shaun VORSTER

Audit Partner, Mazars in South Africa

 

 

 

Hervé PERRON

Managing Director, International Freight Forwarding & Contract Logistics, BOLLORE LOGISTICS

South Africa

 

 

Yves GUENON

President FSACCI et Vice President CCE Committee South Africa

Jean-Claude LASSERRE

CEO Africa, SAINT GOBAIN and President CCE Committee South Africa

Cédric SENNEPIN

CEO, ADEO LEROY MERLIN South Africa

 

 

Enrico STECCHEZZINI

Africa Sales Manager, SOCOMEC

 

 

Olivier GRANET

CEO of KASADA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

 

Phillipe DELLEUR

Vice-Président de Alstom and Representative of the France-South Africa Business Council of MEDEF International

 

Axel BAROUX

Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa, BUSINESS FRANCE

Yunus HOOSEN

Acting Deputy Director General, Invest in South Africa

Speakers - Nigeria 

HE Jérôme PASQUIER

Ambassador of France to Nigeria

 

Christophe LECOURTIER

CEO, BUSINESS FRANCE

 

 

HE Kayode I. LARO

Ambassador of Nigeria to France

Pascal FURTH

Head – Regional Economic Service, Nigeria-Ghana, French Embassy in Nigeria

Uhabia OJIKE

Managing Partner, MAZARS Nigeria

Ibukun AWOSIKA

CEO The Chair Centre Group

 

Hans HERDENBERGER

Managing Director (M.D), EGIS

Laetitia VAGNER

Sales Manager Government & Trade Services, INTERTEK

Romain POIROT-LELLIG

Founder KWIK

Akindele PHILLIPS

Co-Founder & CEO, FARM CROWDY

 

Valor IDUH

Senior Trade Advisor, BUSINESS FRANCE

 

Dimitrios DENDROULAKIS

Regional Sales Manager, Axens

Mounir ALHOZ

Country Director, Business France Nigeria

Ndidi NWUNELI

Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, Co-Founder, AACE Food Processing & Distribution

 

Lionel ODEYER

Managing Director,  CMA-CGM Nigeria

Marc GENITEAU

Directeur – Deepwater district, Total E&P Nigeria

 

Jean HAAS

Directeur général de Relais International, Secrétaire Général du Conseil d’Affaires France Nigeria

 

Christophe BEGAT

Managing Director Anglophone West Africa International Operations, Schneider Electric

 

 

Emmanuel UWANDU

Executive Director, Kiakiagas

 

 

 

Renaud BAUCHAMP

Deputy Managing Director, Assene Laborex

 

 

Franz DEBRIL

Regional Sales Director, International SOS

 

 

Xavier DEQUIPPE

Managing Director & Co-founder, Feed Avenue Ltd

 

 

 

Frederic LIEUTAUD

Managing Director, Swiss Pharma Nigeria

 

 

 

 

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