ASBF Webinar Series: Opportunities in East Africa

Tue, 25 May, 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (GMT+8)
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Despite economic disruption caused by COVID-19, East Africa remains the fastest growing region on the continent. Comprising 20% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and 33% of the continent’s population, East Africa’s GDP growth is forecasted to rebound to 3.7% in 2021. 
Singapore companies across various sectors are well-positioned to support the evolving needs of the region’s various markets. For instance, Kenya has a strong private sector across a diversified portfolio such as manufacturing and fast-moving consumer goods, while Rwanda has proven to be a good test-bedding ground for innovation. Uganda is an important land-linked logistics hub serving the greater central and eastern African region. Ethiopia – Africa’s second most populous nation – has growing consumer needs given its population size and is fast becoming a leading manufacturing hub for exports. Across East Africa, the real estate sector is also thriving due to rapid urbanisation and increasing business and tourism demands. 
Tune in to this webinar to learn more about the vast opportunities in East Africa and how you can start your growth journey in the region. 

Time (SGT)Programme
3.00pm Welcome remarks and presentation on East Africa 
3.10pm Panel 1: Introduction to East Africa
Ms Anne Kiunuhe, Partner, A&K Kenya
Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) is the largest corporate law firm in Eastern Africa, with over 100 lawyers. A&K is the founding member of Africa Legal Network (ALN), an alliance of leading corporate law firms in fifteen key African jurisdictions and UAE. 
Mr Joseph Choge, CEO, Premier Food Industries
Premier Food Industries is a leading food processing company in East Africa, manufacturing over 50 different products under various brand names, including PEPTANG, PEP and ORCHID VALLEY.

Mr Greg Metro, Managing Director, Cerberus Frontier
Formerly SGI Frontier Capital, Cerberus Frontier is a private equity investment firm focused on the world’s most dynamic frontier markets. It operates out of hubs in Singapore and Dubai along with on-the-ground resources in many of its core markets such as Ethiopia, Mongolia, and Georgia to help with deal sourcing and underwriting in pre-investment phases, as well as portfolio management following the investment. Cerberus Frontier has established itself as the leading frontier markets private equity firm, with its unique approach, combining rigorous financial analysis, a deep understanding of the local culture and business community, and strong in-country relationships.
Dr Biju Mohandas, Partner and Global Co-Leader for Health Investments, LeapFrog Investments
LeapFrog Investments is a private investment firm that invests in high-growth financial services and healthcare companies in emerging markets. The firm's investments have an annual growth rate of more than 40% and its companies reach approximately 130 million consumers, primarily in Africa and Asia.
Mr Innocent Tibayeita Bagumira, Managing Director, African Queen No.1 Distributor
African Queen No. 1 Distributor Limited is a privately-owned organization in the business of large-scale importation and distribution of Fast-Moving Consumer goods in the categories of Personal Care (Hair and Skin), Stationery, Homecare and Foods & Beverages.

Mr Patrick B. Nsenga, CEO, AC Group

Patrick is a co-founder and CEO of AC Group, a technology company providing smart transport solutions in Africa. He sits on the board of directors of the Rwanda Chamber of Commerce Private Sector Federation and he is the Chairman of KLab & Fablab, the nation’s biggest innovation lab along several other boards in various industries. He also sits on the Invest in Africa Committee tasked with pulling investment to the continent. He is Harvard educated in Advanced Management and is a recipient of a number of ICT awards including being named among Forbes under 30 that are shaping the future.
4.00pm Panel 1 Q&A
Panel 2: Real estate developments and opportunities in East Africa

Mr Godfrey Tapela, Senior Investment Officer of Tourism, Retail & Commercial Property, International Finance Corporation (IFC) 
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. 
Mr David Onyonka, Executive Director, TSG Realty and Hospitality
TSG Realty and Hospitality is a leading developer and property management company focusing on serviced and furnished apartments, town homes, commercial real estate and affordable housing in Kenya.

Mr Rajiv Ruparelia, Managing Director, Ruparelia Group
Ruparelia Group is one of Uganda’s leading family owned businesses with a varied portfolio of companies across the hospitality, education, financial and horticultural sectors. 

Mr Geofrey Dimoso, Partner, A&K Tanzania
Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) is the largest corporate law firm in Eastern Africa, with over 100 lawyers. A&K is the founding member of Africa Legal Network (ALN), an alliance of leading corporate law firms in fifteen key African jurisdictions and the UAE.

Ms Sakina Hassanali, Head of Development Consulting and Research, HassConsult Real Estate
HassConsult is a real estate firm in the Kenyan market since its incorporation in 1992. The company offers a variety of services ranging from new property development and consultancy to letting, selling and managing of residential and commercial properties, and more recently valuations of all kinds of properties, including hotels, businesses and industries.
4.50pm Panel 2 Q&A
5.00pmEnd of webinar

  • Gain valuable insights into the outlook of key economies in East Africa
  • Hear from industry players on the latest opportunities in growth sectors
  • Learn how to navigate local market nuances and overcome potential challenges of doing business in the region
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