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ReConnect Africa is the official media partner for the following upcoming events. Please refer to the event website or contact the event organisers directly for further information about the event and/or to register.

Coming Up.....

January 2018
31 January – 1 February – Africa Plastics Outlook, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Africa Plastics Outlook is themed: Spotlight on Africa’s Growing Markets & Applications". Highlights include:

  • Changing global polymers market landscape & trade flow
  • Africa plastics demand growth trends by region – North, South, East & West Africa
  • Plastics compounding & processing industry investment challenges
  • Market focus on: PP, PE, PET, PVC, PS, Engineering Plastics, Bioplastics
  • End-users perspective: Packaging, Automotive, Building & Constructions, Electrical & Electronics & Agriculture
  • Implication and opportunities of plastic bags ban in African countries (e.g. Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Tanzania. Etc.)
  • Plastics sourcing, logistics & distribution challenges
  • Commercial risk management & credit insurance issues

For further details and to register: http://www.cmtevents.com/main.aspx?ev=180109&pu=273253

Contact Name: Ms. Grace Oh

Email Address: grace@cmtsp.com.sg

Telephone Number: +65 6346 9147

31 January – 2 February - Securexpo East Africa 2018 – Nairobi, Kenya

Securexpo East Africa 2018 is the region’s most established exhibition and conference dedicated to fire and rescue, security and safety. Taking place from 31 January – 2 February 2018 at the Visa Oshwal Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, the show is perfectly positioned as a trade platform for those looking to source new products or solutions to enhance their business.

Join 2,500 industry representatives and compare services and solutions from over 100 brands, see live demonstrations, dynamic show floor features, compelling conference sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities. Gain free access to its co-located shows; K-OSH, the leading expo for occupational health and safety and the brand new fire and rescue show, Firexpo.

Visitors can expect to see the latest solutions and cutting-edge technological developments from across the market. Among those already signed up to exhibit include Hytera, Optex, Morpho Safran, Hikvision and Axxon, the full list of exhibitors is available to view on the website.

The event’s conference will see multiple sessions taking place daily and cover a broad spectrum of topics for fire and rescue, security and safety. Each session will be hosted by an invited industry expert who will share their insights, experience and advice with delegates.

Some of the key topics and themes to be discussed will include; Innovation and Tech Developments, Kenyan Elections - implications for the security sector; Fire Safety Risks; Fire Standards; Anti-counterfeiting; Kenya Cyber Security Report; Kenya Computer and Cyber Crimes Bill 2017; Preventing Cyber Attacks; Security Threats; Security and Biometrics and many more. In addition to the standard sessions, delegates will also have the opportunity to sit in on training and panel discussions where a range of industry representatives will offer collective guidance. The full schedule is now available to view online.

Register for free to attend by visiting http://www.securexpoeastafrica.com/ today

Event contact: Abby Cairns

Tel no: +44 (0)20 7886 3032

Website: http://www.montex.co.uk/

Email: abby.cairns@montex.co.uk

February 2018
27-28 February - 3rd Annual Aid & Development Africa Summit, Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Now in its 3rd year, the Aid & Development Africa Summit returns to Nairobi, Kenya on 27-28 February 2018, once again uniting 300+ humanitarian and development leaders, decision makers and advisors committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

Taking place at the Safari Park Hotel, the Aid & Development Africa Summit presents an opportunity to explore best practice, policy and project updates, innovation and partnerships in humanitarian logistics, health & WASH, emergency communication, shelter, disaster resilience, financial inclusion and use of mobile technology for development programmes in Africa.

Participants will gain first hand insights from development banks, donors and government agencies into their financing priorities and funding guidelines as well as benefit from networking opportunities.

The Summit agenda includes keynote presentations, interactive sessions, themed roundtables, speaker panels, Innovator of the Year Award and an evening drinks reception to engage with decision makers and key stakeholders in Africa’s aid and development sectors.

The Aid & Development Africa Summit advocates for cross-sector approach through inclusive, effective collaboration and coordination between national and international NGOs, government and UN agencies, Red Cross, donors, investors, development banks and the private sector.

“The summit was well organised, it was beneficial and provided me with knowledge and insight on issues ranging from ICT, agriculture health, disaster preparedness, irrigation etc, all which are part of my job in the office” - Asanterabi C. Sangenoi, Prime Minister’s Office Tanzania

Save the date and  reserve your place here to be part of the most influential aid and development conference in Africa.

For more information about Aid & Development Africa Summit, please visit http://www.africa.aidforum.org or get in touch with Alina O’Keeffe, Head of Marketing, Aid & international Development Forum (AIDF) at marketing@aidforum.org

27 February – 1 March – Propak East Africa 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

Take advantage of this great market opportunity and meet amongst others prominent and competent companies from Austria at Propak East Africa Nairobi 2017.

Propak East Africa provides a unique platform for exhibitors to showcase their products in the most vibrant and potential business destinations in Africa and brings the visitors not just an opportunity to see a few products but a variety.

Kenya and the wider East African region offer a huge amount of potential a reason why the organisers of Propak East Africa decided to hold such a large scale event. Even though there be may different events around the world but the following few facts about Kenya highlights the great opportunity for companies to enter, develop and grow in the it:

  • Kenya is the largest economy in the region- According to the IMF, Kenya's current and forecast GDP per capita is higher than Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania
  • International companies that have their headquarters in Kenya are Google, IBM, Toyota, CocaCola, Standard Chartered and Microsoft
  • Despite close elections, Kenya is considered one of the most politically stable countries in Sub-Saharan Africa due to the wide democratic space
  • Kenya is part of the East African Community (EAC), an intergovernmental organisation together with Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The EAC is a free trade area that now includes member states from COMESA and SADC
  • Kenya has the best trade links in the whole of Eastern and Central Africa. Nairobi airport and Mombasa port are the busiest trade spots in this region.
  • There is an extremely strong private sector that has developed in Kenya due to friendly market policies.
  • Kenya is the highest trading country in the region making up 37% of trades
  • Silicon Savanah (officially called Konza) is the technology city in the outskirts of Nairobi and makes Kenya the tech hub of Africa
  • The Foreign Investors Act of 1964 protects foreign investors and allows repatriation of earnings
  • Kenya is ranked number one in the world for mobile money transaction
  • Vision 2030 which was created by the Kenyan government to help strategize its growth and development is on progress.
  • The number of US$ Millionaires in Kenya is growing twice the global rate. By 2024 the number will have increased by 74%

Don't miss to participate in this great event by contacting the organizers!

Event contact: Abby Cairns

T: +44 (0)20 7886 3032

Website: http://www.montex.co.uk/

Email: abby.cairns@montex.co.uk

March 2018
6-8 March – Customer Experience Chapter Rwanda 2018, Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda’s long-term development goals are defined in the “Vision 2020” strategy. The strategy seeks to transform the country from a low-income agriculture-based economy to a knowledge-based, service-oriented economy with a middle- income country status by 2020. The country is committed to becoming a service-based hub to serve the East African region in order to break its landlocked nature.

Now more than ever, providing excellent customer experience is imperative to this service-lead economy. Customer Experience Chapter Rwanda 2018 will be bringing strategies and concrete tools to improve service quality, engage employees, integrate channels, and innovate processes.

Running on 6 - 8 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, this premier event will bring together leading minds in customer experience from across the service sector in the country and internationally, all of whom are committed to deliver extraordinary experiences for customers. Whether you are far gone in your customer transformation journey or you are about to start, there could not be a more important time to address pressing challenges that will impact on your customer experience strategy. The event will provide a platform for like- minded customer experience professionals and the top customer experience solution providers to showcase their industry knowledge as well as solutions to improve the experience of customers.

Join us at Customer Experience Chapter Rwanda 2018 and gain exclusive access to state of the art information, unavailable elsewhere!

For details and to register: https://seraphnetwork.com/customer-experience-chapter-rwanda-2018-6-8-march-2018-kigali/

13-14 March - SPACE – Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill

Securex West Africa is the most established security exhibition in West Africa encompassing fire and rescue, commercial, homeland and cyber security.

Africa's only conference for real estate professionals exploring the ROI of efficient buildings.

The real estate sector is booming across Africa, 80% of buildings that will exist in 2050 have yet to be built which presents a tremendous opportunity for real estate investment & professionals. Here are a few reasons to attend SPACE: 

  • SPACE is a two-day business conference focused on efficient and smart build investment for the Africa market. SPACE will cover how to secure finance, balance the cost of investment and drive the financial benefits from development design and value engineering. 
  • It is an event for real estate investment professionals, owners, and developers to explore the ROI of efficient buildings through maximising building design, energy, water and waste management.
  • Through interactive sessions, exhibition areas, networking and knowledge sharing, SPACE provides industry leaders the relevant information on the benefits of value engineering, how to obtain finance for quality and efficient developments and to conduct deals across the African continent.

 Contact us: Matthew Weihs, Founder, Africa Event Services and Managing Director of Bench Events Tel:+44 (0) 1372 466209

M: +44 (0) 7858 511012

Email: matthew.weihs@aesconferences.com,

20-21 March – Securex West Africa, Lagos, Nigeria

Securex West Africa is the most established security exhibition in West Africa encompassing fire and rescue, commercial, homeland and cyber security.

In 2017 the event saw 1,935 industry visitors and 55 exhibitors take to the floor to showcase their products and discuss new business opportunities. For the 2018 edition the expectation is that these numbers will be eclipsed with 2,500 visitors and over 80 brands are expected to congregate for the seventh edition of the leading regional event.

The event is held in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria and indeed West Africa. It takes place at a purpose-built exhibition venue, The Landmark Centre, on Victoria Island from the 20 – 21 March 2018.

Alongside the exhibition a high-level conference program will run with presentations, technical classes and panel discussions from the leading minds in the sector from across the region and around the globe. The conference is being constructed in close collaboration with the leading Industry Associations, Commercial Partners and Ministries so that it focuses on the issues that are most pertinent for West Africa.

As well as the more conventional conference program, 2018 will also see the return of the West African Cyber Security Summit (WACSS) which launched in 2017 to a full audience of cyber and security managers all wanting to understand better ways to protect their organisation from the growing threat posed by the internet of things.

And for the first time, 2018 will see Firexpo West Africa launched as its own event within Securex. It concentrates its attention on the fire and rescue industry and will have its own dedicated marketing campaign to galvanise those in the industry to meet at the maiden edition of the regions only focused industry event.

2018 will host the seventh edition in West Africa of this continent wide exhibition, with sister shows in South Africa and Kenya and it promises to continue its place as the paramount platform for discussing business propositions and sharing initiatives within the sectors.

For more information visit: www.securexwestafrica.com
Contact: Joleen Sibley,
Email: Joleen.sibley@montex.co.uk,
Tel: +44 (0) 207 886 3048

20-21 March - 3rd Africa Islamic Finance Forum (AIFF), Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria

AIFF will provide an insightful programme to greatly assist understanding towards investment opportunities as well as being a networking platform for the financial and business communities to forge partnerships and provide a catalyst for business. Africa is one of the world's largest untapped growth markets for Islamic economy and Islamic finance offers various instruments that are ready to support the governments' need for raising capital for large infrastructure and enhance individual and SMEs access to financial services.

Given Nigeria’s status as a leading member of the Islamic Development Bank, the drive for investment into Nigeria, and the important steps being taken towards economic recovery in Nigeria and through the region; the timing of the conference provides a much-needed platform for opening Islamic finance to Nigeria’s business community.

For more details please visit: http://africa-if.com

April 2018
25-26 April - 5th Africa Sustainable Oil Palm Summit, Accra, Ghana

CMT confirms its 5th Africa Sustainable Oil Palm Summit in Accra, Ghana – a leading palm oil producing country ranked second in Africa and eighth in the world.

Ghana’s total land under oil palm cultivation stands at 305,758ha of which over 80% is cultivated by private small-scale farmers. However, Ghana has an unmet demand of 35,000 tonnes of palm oil. Recently, Ghana has witnessed investments in its oil palm business from both local and international stakeholders:

  • MTN Ghana has set up factory to boost local palm oil production in Juaso.  
  • Unilever and the Government of Ghana have announced a Joint Vision to transform the Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP) into a state-of-the-art sustainable palm oil plantation.
  • West Africa palm oil group – DekelOil is working on a deal to acquire majority ownership of Norpalm that owns about 4,000 hectares of mature palm plantations. It operates a 30 tonne per hour mill and a kernel oil press which yields some 2,000 tonnes of palm kernel oil into the Ghanaian market.
  • Malaysia will be partnering with industries in Ghana’s oil palm sector to develop their capacities – by sharing ideas and technology to grow its oil palm production for export. Malaysia is also looking at exporting palm oil to Ghana to meet the high demand. Already the third quarter of 2017 has seen Ghana-Malaysia palm oil trade sit at $140 million.

Join this forum on 25-26 April, 2018 to connect with the African and global palm oil producers, investors, traders, millers, end users and many others deliberating on Sustainable Oil Palm in Africa and Improvements in Smallholder’s Productivity.

  • Palm Oil markets in Cameroon, Nigeria, DRC, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, East Africa and more
  • Implementation & RSPO certification progress in Africa
  • Downstream opportunities and adding value to palm
  • Availability of financing and development programs to progress the industry

 For latest updates to agenda, speakers and other information please click on the link to view:


For more information, contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.

May 2018
8-10 May 2018 ICT4D Conference / 11 May 2018 Training Day, Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC), Lusaka, Zambia

The ICT4D Conference is a dynamic multi-disciplinary gathering of inspiring leaders and thought-provoking speakers from public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community.

The conference engages participants from around the world to explore how digital technology is making a measurable difference in millions of people’s lives and share how they’ve used those innovations to increase the impact of their work. Highly interactive and hands-on, the conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, senior executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.


Inspire and Make an Impact. Be a speaker at the 10th ICT4D Conference

The ICT4D Conference are looking for practical case studies and presentations on truly cutting-edge applications and innovation in the use of ICT for development.</p>

The ICT4D Conference Partner Consortium, led by CRS and including NetHope, NRC, DAI Global Health, World Vision, CTA, DIAL, IRC, iMerit, ICRISAT and UNCDF encourage you to submit your speaker application via the website: https://www.ict4dconference.org/participate/call-for-speakers/

Share your know-how, insight or innovation.

Key tracks for 2018:

Agriculture * Digital Financial Inclusion * Humanitarian Response * Health & Nutrition * Collaboration & Openness * Livelihoods and Education

Closing date for submissions: January 15th, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by February 9th, 2018. The ICT4D Conference particularly welcome applications from women.

Join your ICT4D community of non-governmental agencies, private sector companies, multi-lateral and government agencies, academic and research institutions, and aid and development funding organizations in Lusaka next May.

For more information on the 10th ICT4D Conference and how to register, please visit  https://www.ict4dconference.org/

15-17 May – ConMin West Africa, Abuja, Nigeria

ConMin West Africa provides an unparalleled opportunity to boost a company’s brand in one of the most exciting business destinations in Africa.

This event is dedicated to suppliers involved in the construction machinery, mining and building materials industry and offers a unique prospect to get an early foothold in the fast-developing West African market. Exhibiting allows companies to meet the most senior decision makers in the industry as well as showcasing their current products and solutions to clients face to face.

120 exhibitors are expected to welcome an audience of 2500 to the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria from 15th – 18th May 2018.

ConMin West Africa aims to align itself with the needs of the market and those within it, which is why it has partnered very closely with The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and Deloitte Consulting, to ensure it acts as the number one networking platform for the region.

With a GDP of $ 518 billion Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, after a slack phase the figures of importation rates and gross fixed capital formation are also rising again. The population is expected to grow by 50% until 2050. As a result, the demand for further infrastructure development will increase immensely: Projects for construction of highways, housing and hospitals are being encouraged.

With a stable Government focused on developing industries outside of the oil sector, mining has been targeted as a priority for the country, which has been boosted by beneficial customs duties for mining and construction equipment.

Running alongside the exhibition and business forums that make up ConMin West Africa is the National Mining Summit. The Summit was also launched in 2017 to unite prominent figures from Africa’s mining and infrastructure sector including investors, mining companies, geologists and other stakeholders from around the world to learn and network, all toward the single goal of advancing mining not just in Nigeria but across the West African region.

The event provides the international stage required to bring all of these parties together, to focus attention and discussion on unearthing what the sector has to offer and this platform will be built upon in 2018.

For more information visit http://www.conminwestafrica.com/

Contact: George Pearson

Tel: +44 (0) 207 886 3008

Email: George.pearson@montex.co.uk

June 2018
1 June - West African Power & Mining Expo - WAMPEX 2018, Accra, Ghana


After 24 years WAMPEX has become a major forum attracting over 1400 professionals from more than 16 countries making it one of the most important industry meeting places. Exhibitors from around the world participate at WAMPEX to showcase latest technologies, innovations and products.

WAMPEX runs alongside the west African mining and power conference WAMPOC where senior government and industry heads and influencers discuss policy, legislation, challenges and market developments.

Together the conference and exhibition, in association with The Ghana Chamber of Mines, The Ghana Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources, The Minerals Commission of Ghana and The Energy Commission of Ghana, provides an unrivalled international platform where opportunities are created and business deals are concluded.


Meet face to face, grow your brand and sell direct to 1,400+ qualified professionals from 21 countries.

  • More than 43% of visitors to WAMPEX have direct purchasing responsibility
  • Over 40% are influencers in the procurement process

WAMPEX is the most prominent forum in West Africa for the international mining and power industries. For 24 years, it has attracted exhibitors from around the world.

WAMPEX is the most important meeting place for senior mining and power professionals, government representatives and stakeholders, allowing them to keep abreast of the latest industry developments, discuss key challenges and understand future opportunities.

Organiser contact details: Contact person: Knowledge Tenza

Email: knowledgetenza@dmgeventsme.com

Tel: +27 11 783 7250

website: https://www.wampexghana.com/

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