Africa Accelerating: Recordings

Access the Recordings here and use the program below as a guide to the start times for each session. Please note the final sessions of each day are available on request.

27 October 2020 

Start time 00:00

Official Opening - Garreth Bloor & Susan Namulindwa 

Antoine Chevrier, Director General, Pan-African Affairs, Government of Canada

Honourable Karabo GareMinister of Agriculture and Food Security

Gillian Pais (McKinsey& Company, Nairobi)

Start time 17:10

Africa’s Agri Revolution in Action: Successes from-the-ground up Hearing directly from the people & understanding the importance of smart villages, sound policy and broad-based natural resource development in agriculture.

Opening Remarks: Dr. V.I Lakshmanan (Process Research Ortech, Canada)

Panelists: John van Nostrand (SvN, Canada), Ewetse Mathaba (Safety, Health, Environment and Community relations manager, Lucara Botswana); Temba Nolutshungu, Khaya Lam, South Africa 

Networking Break (Virtual Expo Open - booths still available for viewing)

Start time 1:57:02

Understanding the Scale of African Investment Opportunities

Panelists: Prashant Pathak (CEO, Ekagrata Inc, Canada); Nathan Stubina, VP, Sherritt International, Canada); Jacques NdoutouMvé (EL Consulting & Africa Foresight Investment Company: Africa and Canada)

Start time 2:56:39

Closing Keynote, Canada: The Honourable Minister Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Canada

Closing Keynote, Botswana: The Honourable Peggy O. Serame

Minister of Investment Trade and Industry, Botswana (Available on Request)


28 October 2020 

Start time 00:00

Welcome Remarks from the Chair of the Board, Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah

Hon. Minister Karina GouldMinister of International Development, Canada

Hon. Minister Lefoko Maxwell Moagi, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Botswana

Hon. Paul Lefebvre, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Canada 

Start time 27:53

Keynote: Naseem Lahri, MD Lucara Botswana

Start time 47:32

Owning the Natural Resource Benefits: Impact, Supply Chains and New Businesses for Flourishing Communities

Opening of the Session: Tarik Kahn, Director General for West and Central Africa, Global Affairs Canada & 

H.E. Fatima MEITÉAmbassador, Mali

Panel & Keynote Remarks:Veronica Nyhan Jones, Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory, IFC.

Panelists: Neil Reeder, Vice President, Government Relations, B2Gold. Nikolay Hristov, Vice President, Dundee Precious Metals (Namibia);


Networking Break (Virtual Expo Open - booths still open for viewing)

Start time 02:08:48

Sustaining ownership and impact beyond mining: Natural Resource Gateways to Non-Resource Business Development

Hear from leaders leveraging natural resource development to create economies that transcend the life of mining operations

Welcome: Luke Sookocheff 
Deputy Director, Economic Development
Global Affairs Canada

Opening Keynote: Darrell K. Beaulieu: Former Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation & CEO of Denendeh Investments

Paul Gruner (CEO, Det'on Cho Corporation, Canada) 

Suzette McFaul (Founder | Managing Director, SEF Canada)

Start time 02:57:58

Keynote: Leveraging Canada’s Billions in Natural Resource Investment to Unleash Economic Growth

Welekazi Cele, Regional Director at Hatch in Sub-Saharan Africa


Botswana - the Gateway: Investing in a Top Performing Economy

Keletsositse Olebile, CEO: Botswana Investment Trade Centre (BITC) Available on Request 

Africa's Number 1 Jurisdiction in Mining & top continental performer in Economic Freedom (Fraser Institute)

Additional Program (2-3PM ET): Central Africa Investment Focus

Start time: 03:49:48

Prepared remarks by Sarah Wilshaw, newly-appointed Chief Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada. Hon. Lee White, Minister of  Water and Forestry (Gabon); Hon. Issa Doubragne, Minister of Economy and Development Planning (Chad) & Hon. Ramatou Mahamat Houtouin, Minister of Energy (Chad). Learn More 

Including a 'Doing Business Q&A' with Vice President (Africa) Jacques NdoutouMvé, a founder of the Africa Foresight Investment Company 

*In French with an English translation service. The event will cover the SEMAC nations of Gabon and Chad.


29 October 2020 

Start time 00:00

Welcome Remarks from the Chair of the Board, Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah

Minister Lee White, Gabon

H.E. Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo, High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to Canada 

Start time 29:14

Keynote: His Excellency Wamkele Mene (Accra, Ghana), Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Advancing an African Free Trade Agenda: the world's single biggest market since the WTO came into existence.

AfCTFA - Chamber Announcement

MoU Signing (Food Security): Creation of a Milling Hub in Ramotswa, Botswana

Start time 52:33

Transacting and Trading in the Single Biggest Free Trade Market since the WTO

Panelists: Clara Diamond Solutions (Botswana); Bianca Pisciola, 6ix (Canada); Joanne Lebert, IMPACT (Canada)


Networking Break (Virtual Expo Open - booths still open for viewing)

Start time 02:05:59

Leading Globally from Africa

Samson Arega, Ethiopian Airlines 

From Wall Street to the World’s Next Growth Engine: Pan African Investment in Action

Zachariah George, Launch Africa Fund  

Keynote: Magatte Wade, Director, Centre for African Prosperity (Available on Request)

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