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UNDER THE HIGH AUTHORITY OF H.E. PRESIDENT TEODORO OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO
OF THE REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA
EMERGING EQUATORIAL GUINEA
- The Symposium on Economic Diversification -
Overview and Format
Over the course of two days the program will be structured around 4 key phases of the investment process itself: Vision, Context, Strategy and Implementation, concluding the signing of Memorandums Of Understanding between global companies and local counterparties.

All sessions, including those in plenary, will be intentionally designed to be highly interactive and engaging for all participants. All plenary sessions will have simultaneous translation in English, French and Spanish.
Arrival
17:00 (Onwards)
Location: Hotel
Theme: Registration and Welcome Dinner
Day 1
7:00
Speaker breakfast (invitation only)
Moderator breakfast (invitation only)
9:00
Location: Main Hall
Theme: Welcome Coffee and Networking
10:00 (30 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Vision - Title: Official Opening

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea presents his welcome address and vision to lead the country towards the year 2020 in front of special guests.

Welcome Address:
H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

10:30 (40 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Vision - Title: Opportunities in Africa: Realizing the Potential of a Nation and the Continent

Former heads of state will share the experience of leading the economic transformation of a nation, in tandem with a national branding initiative. The discussion will create a significant opportunity for sharing knowledge and best practices, while creating context for the development of Equatorial Guinea among emerging and frontier economies at the global level.

Conversation with:
Joaquim Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique (1986-2005)
Festus Gontebanye Mogae, President of the Republic of Botswana (1998-2008)
Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria (1999-2007)

11:10 (20 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Strategy - Title: The Latin American Perspective

A Conversation with:
Jorge Quiroga, President of Bolivia (2001-2002)

Moderated by:
Patricia Janiot, Director, Innovadores de América; Senior Anchor, CNN en Español, USA

11:30 (20 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Strategy - Title: The Global Perspective

A Conversation with:
Rodrigo de Rato, former Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (2004-2007); Minister of the Economy (1996-2004), Spain

Moderated by:
Patricia Janiot, Director, Innovadores de América; Senior Anchor, CNN en Español, USA

11:50 (10 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Strategy - Title: The Financial Perspective

A Conversation with:
Lucas Abaga Nchama, Governor, Central Bank of Central Africa (BEAC)

Moderated by:
Patricia Janiot, Director, Innovadores de América; Senior Anchor, CNN en Español, USA

12:00 (60 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Vision - Title: A Transformation Underway

The session will outline the main objectives of the government to create a framework for development of sustainable industry that allows diversification and boosts the national economy. The ministers will provide insight into the PEGI-2020, the institutions of governance of the country, and the official policy perspective regarding key macroeconomic topics. Participants will achieve a greater understanding of the country’s physical, natural and human resources, as well as how the country uniquely positions itself as an investment destination. This session will consist of brief remarks offered by each minister followed by moderated questions.

Panelists:
Marcelino Owono Edu, Minister of Finance and Budgets
Alfredo Mitogo Mitogo, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Crescencio Tamarite Castaño, Minister of Fisheries and the Environment
Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, Minister of Mining, Industry and Energy
Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono, Delegate Minister of Culture and Tourism
Celestino Bonifacio Bakale Obiang, Minister of Trade and Business Promotion
Juan Nko Mbula, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructures
Conrado Okenve Nhodo, Minister of Economy, Planning and Public Investments

Moderated by:
Patricia Janiot, Director, Innovadores de América; Senior Anchor, CNN en Español, USA

13:00 (1,25 hours)
Location: BANQUET HALL
Theme: NETWORKING LUNCH
14:15 (45 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Context - Title: Navigating the Transition to a Diversified Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

The discovery of hydrocarbons brought prosperity to Equatorial Guinea. It enabled the development of infrastructure and precipitated the foundations of new economic policies aimed at transforming the country into an emerging economy by 2020. Leaders and experts will share with Equatorial Guinea and the assembled participants lessons and practices from other economies that have navigated through a successful transformation.

Panelists:
Jean-Louis Ekra, Chairman and President, African Export-Import Bank
Fathallah Oualalou, Mayor of Rabat, former Minister of Economy and Finance, Morocco
Rodrigo de Rato, former Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (2004-2007); Minister of the Economy (1996-2004), Spain
Xavier Sala–i-Martin, J. and M. Grossman Professor of Economics, Columbia University, USA

Moderated by:
Beatrice Marshall, Host, CCTV Africa, Kenya

15:15 (1,5 hours)
Location: SECTORAL MEETING ROOMS, 3rd FLOOR
Theme: Strategy - Title: SECTORAL MEETINGS - SESSION 1

The objective of the Sectoral Meetings is to discuss between public and private sector participants the tangible opportunities and solutions for the sectors below, in order to formulate practical, actionable steps to transform these sectors.

Agriculture and Ranching
The following topics will be addressed in this Sectoral Meeting:
· What are the key opportunities and challenges to develop the Equatoguinean agricultural industry?
· How can Equatorial Guinea increase the agricultural and ranching product mix?
· How can agriculture in Equatorial Guinea serve the domestic and regional market?
· What key policies will assist Equatorial Guinea to achieve both growth improvement and diversification in the agricultural sector?
Expert Facilitator:
Gavin Maguire, Agriculture Columnist, Thomson Reuters, USA
Chairman:
Alfredo Mitogo Mitogo, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Government:
Silvestre Abaga Eyang, Director General, Food, Hygiene and Food Safety
Gabriel Martín Esono Ndong, Director General, Livestock
José Juan Ndong Tomo, Director General, Agriculture
Jesús Obiang Abaga, Director General, Forestry
Case Studies:
Mohcine Jazouli, President, Valyans, Morocco
Moussa Seck, Chair, Pan African Agribusiness and Agro Industry Consortium, Senegal
Discussion Leaders:
Yariv El Baz, CEO, YCAP Asset Management, France
Omar Lababidi, CEO, Grands Moulins de Benin, Benin
Petrochemicals and Mining
The following topics will be addressed in this Sectoral Meeting:
· What are the key opportunities and challenges in exploiting and promoting Equatorial Guinea’s hydrocarbons sector?
· What downstream activities could be the most beneficial to the government and private sector stakeholders entering the space?
· How does Equatorial Guinea position itself as a regional hub in the selected downstream activities?
· What key policy level measures would assist Equatorial Guinea to achieve growth in the mining sector?
Expert Facilitator:
Gayle Allard, Professor of Economic Environment and Country Analysis, IE Business School, Spain
Chairman:
Gabriel Obiang Lima, Minister of Mining, Industry and Energy
Government:
Dámaso Coral Zamora, Director General, Industry
José Luis Elema Borengue, Director General, Mines
Lucas Nguema Mbulito, Minister’s Chief of Staff
Alfredo Olo Lima, Director General, Energy
Tomás Félix Ongo Ehapo, Director General, Oil Economy
Case Studies:
Brian Menell, CEO, Kemet Group, South Africa
Olusola Idowu, CEO, Petroplex Natural Resources, Nigeria
Discussion Leaders:
Benjamin Bronfman, Co-Founder, Global Thermostat, USA
Phil Heilberg, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Jarch Capital, USA
Khadijetou Wouro Ba, Researcher, Senegal
Lai Yahaya, CEO, Foster Group, Nigeria
Fisheries
The following topics will be addressed in this Sectoral Meeting:
· What are the key opportunities and challenges to develop the Equatoguinean fishing industry and related processing?
· How can Equatorial Guinea increase fish farming through improved technology and research innovation in the sector?
· How can fish processing and packaging procedures in Equatorial Guinea be improved upon in order to better penetrate for exportation within the continental and international markets?
· What key policies will assist Equatorial Guinea to achieve both growth improvement and diversification in the fishing sector?
Expert Facilitator:
Arturo Franco, Senior Associate, Frontier Advisory, UK
Chairman:
Crescencio Tamarite Castaño, Minister of Fisheries and the Environment
Government:
Pedro Malavo Nsene, Deputy Director General, SONAPESCA
Rubén Dario Nso Edo, Director General, Fisheries Resources
Victor Ondo Nsang, Director General, SONAPESCA
Case Studies:
Susan Otieno, Aquaculture specialist, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya • Ilan Friedlander, CEO, Felan AG, Israel
Discussion Leaders:
Oscar López Salvadó, President, Grupo Aresa Marine Internacional, Spain • Ayo Sotinrin, Special Advisor on the Environment, Minister of State FCT, Nigeria
Tourism, Aviation, Transport and Telecommunications
The following topics will be addressed in this Sectoral Meeting:
· What are the key opportunities and challenges to develop the tourism, aviation, transport and telecommunications industries in the region?
· How can Equatorial Guinea build its country brand to promote tourism?
· How can Equatorial Guinea diversify its tourism offering beyond business tourism?
· What greater enabling environment will facilitate sustainable development through tourism, aviation, transport and telecommunications?
Expert Facilitator:
Martyn Davies, CEO, Frontier Advisory, South Africa
Chairman:
Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono, Delegate Minister of Culture and Tourism
Fausto Abeso Fuma, Delegate Minister of Aviation
Government:
Prudencio Botey Sobole, Director General, Tourism Promotion
Milagrosa Eteo Oposi, Director General, Cabinet of the Delegate Minister
Pelagio Mangue Mbomio Mnengono, Director General, Libraries and Museums
Case Studies:
Karim Baina, Vice President, Swissport Maroc, Morocco
Karim Belmaachi, CEO, Alliances Developpement Immobilier (ADI), Morocco
David Fernandez, Director, Moka Wildlife Station, Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Sally Vickland, General Manager, Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Discussion Leaders:
Roberta Annan, CEO, Roberta Annan Consulting, USA
Kalu Kalu Ugwuomo, North America Regional Coordinator, Nexus Africa, USA
Financial Services
The following topics will be addressed in this Sectoral Meeting:
· What are the key opportunities and challenges to develop the Equatoguinean financial services industry?
· What are the talent gaps for financial services in Equatorial Guinea?
· How can technology and innovation be leveraged for the financial services sector?
· How can the regulatory and policy frameworks be shaped to help optimize this sector?
Expert Facilitator:
Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean, Director and Professor, Henley Business School, South Africa
Chairman:
Eucario Bakale Angue, Delegate Minister of Finance for Taxes and Contributions
Government:
Iván Bacale Ebe Molina, National Director, BEAC
Tomas Esono, Advisor to the Ministry, Taxation
Ireneo Mangue Monsuy Afana, Director General, Insurance and Reinsurance
Juan Luperto Nsibi Omogo, Director General, Banking
Hilario Sisa Torres, Director General, Customs
Case Studies:
Pedro Cunha, Partner, Ernst & Young, Portugal
Hassan Boubrik, Director of Insurance and Social Protection, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Morocco
Discussion Leaders:
Michael Adande, President, Development Bank of Central Africa (BDEAC)
Justin Chinyanta, CEO, Loita, Zambia
Feng Li, Executive Vice President, Bank of China, China
Mugo Kibati, Founder, Miliki Ventures, Kenya
Raquel Serón Calvo, Partner, L&S Abogados, Equatorial Guinea
Caleb Tamfu, Co-Founder, Horizon, UK
16:30 (2 hours)
Location: BILATERAL MEETING ROOMS 3rd FLOOR
Theme: Bilateral Meetings - Title: Bilateral Meetings between Participants and Ministers of Government
16:45 (30 minutes)
Location: SECTORAL MEETING ROOM 2, 3RD FLOOR
Theme: Implementation - Title: Inspiration through Sport

A Conversation with:
Ruslan Obiang Nsue, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Alejandro Asumu Osa, World, African and European Champion, Kickboxing

Moderated by:
Patricia Janiot, Director, Innovadores de América; Senior Anchor, CNN en Español, USA

20:00 (2 hours)
Location: RESTAURANT LA GAVIOTA
Theme: GALA DINNER - Title: Cultural Soiree

Transportation Shuttles will be provided to the hotel for participants to drop off their belongings and change before the dinner. Transport will be offered continuously to and from the Sofitel Sipopo until 22:00.

Day 2
8:00
Location: MAIN HALL
Theme: WELCOME COFFEE AND NETWORKING
9:00 (20 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Implementation - Title: Developing Policies for Long-Term Prosperity

This dynamic presentation by one of the world’s foremost development economists will provide deep insights into how countries can build the foundation for long-term, sustainable growth. Drawing on examples from other economies – in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America – that have made both right and wrong choices, Sala-i-Martin will provide a roadmap for Equatorial Guinea’s own economic strategy.

Xavier Sala-i-Martin, J. and M. Grossman Professor of Economics, Columbia University, USA

9:20 (30 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Context - Title: Marking Progress

Representatives from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund provide an update on the status of the Equatorial Guinea economy and its recent progress.

César Augusto Mba Abogo, Secretary of State for the Monitoring of the Equatorial Guinea Horizon 2020 Program
Gregor Binkert, Country Director for Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Angola, and Sao Tome & Principe, The World Bank
Jon Shields, Mission Chief, Equatorial Guinea, International Monetary Fund

Moderated by:
Estanislao Don Malavo, Counselor, Ministry of Finance and Budgets

9:50 (40 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Context - Title: Doing Business: The Grassroots Experience

Top executives and business leaders from a global and a Equatorial Guinean company will discuss their experience with the local market, highlighting successful examples of public-private partnerships, and the benefits of working with local partners and with the government of this resource-rich nation. Discussants will share the case studies of their particular enterprises and will reference US, European and other global firms.

The discussion will include questions and answers (Q&A).

Otavio Azevedo, President, Andrade Gutierrez, Brazil
Selim Bora, President, Summa, Turkey
Jose Luis Eworo Mbomio, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Noble Energy, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Amadou Kone, Executive Director for Equatorial Guinea, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Damian Ondo Mañe, Presidential Advisor on International Organization, Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Moderated by:
Beatrice Marshall, Presenter, CCTV Africa, Kenya

10:30
Location: MAIN HALL
Theme: NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
11:00 (45 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Implementation - Title: Enhancing the Ease of Doing Business

A lack of information all too often inhibits investment in opportunity rich countries. In recent years Equatorial Guinea has moved to streamline its business practices, legal framework and program management practices. Using outside sources, notably the World Bank’s namesake report, The Ease of Doing Business will address topics including better understanding the labor force dynamics, legal enforcement, the business climate, access to finance, program management, infrastructure and connectivity, and transparency in Equatorial Guinea.

A Conversation With:
Michael Adande, President, Development Bank of Central Africa (BDEAC)
Monique Courchesne, Program Manager for Central Africa, International Finance Corporation
Zemedeneh Negatu, Head, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young, Ethiopia
Sergio Tomo, Senior Advisor, T and E, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Rafael Tung Nsue, President, COSUMAF, Gabon
Zouera Youssoufou, Country Manager for Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe, World Bank

Moderated by:
Lance Knobel, Director of Programs, Emerging Equatorial Guinea, USA

11:45 (45 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Implementation - Title: The View from Global Business

As new investment opportunities emerge in Equatorial Guinea, the perspective from global corporations will be crucial. Leading executives from major global groups discuss the key criteria for their investment choices and decisions, particularly in reference to emerging African economies.

Panelists:
Christian Bockler, Senior Vice President and Head, Export & Project Finance, Gauff Engineering, Germany
Pascal Drouhaud, VP Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Alstom, France
Souad Elmallem, Chief Country Representative, Strategy and International Business Development, Africa, Bombardier Aerospace, Morocco
Phil Heilberg, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Jarch Capital, USA
Kola Karim, CEO, Shoreline Energy, Nigeria
Brian Menell, CEO, Kemet Group, South Africa

Moderated by:
Mamadou Toure, Founder and Chairman, Africa 2.0; Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sales & Project Finance, General Electric, Global Growth Operations, South Africa

12:30 (1,25 hour)
Location: BANQUET HALL
Theme: NETWORKING LUNCH
14:00 (2 hours)
Location: SECTORAL MEETING ROOMS, 3rd FLOOR
Theme: Implementation - Title: SECTORAL MEETINGS - SESSION 2
18:00 (30 minutes)
Location: MAIN HALL
Theme: NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
16:30 (45 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Implementation - Title: Creating the Conditions for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Following two days of deliberations and a wide exploration of sectorial opportunities and economic governance in Equatorial Guinea, it’s necessary to best consider how job creation and entrepreneurship are ultimately required to unlock opportunity. Dimensions of this imperative to be addressed include: role models, gender and youth inclusion, inclusive growth, SME development and entrepreneurship.

Panelists:
Jorge Quiroga, President of Bolivia (2001-2002)
Tas Anvaripour, Director for Business Development, Team Leader for AFRICA 50 Initiative, African Development Bank, Tunisia
Carlos Nse Nsuga, Rector de la Universidad UNGE
Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, Minister of Youth and Sports

Moderated by:
Patricia Janiot, Director, Innovadores de América; Senior Anchor, CNN en Español, USA

17:15 (30 minutes)
Location: Plenary
Theme: Implementation - Title: Summary of the Proceedings, Signature of Memorandums of Understanding, Contracts and Other Deals

Official Closing:
Vicente Ehate Tomi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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