The Southern Africa Structured Trade Seminar
Will be held 26-29 June 2018 in Livingstone (Zambia).
An initiative promoted by USAID through the Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub together with INTL FC Stone and in partnership with the SADC Banking Association.
This landmark event will bring together senior level participants from banks and financial institutions, corporate entities engaged in trade, manufacturing, agribusiness and mineral extraction, policymakers and regulators from across Africa and global markets.
Led by experts from top global, regional and local financial institutions, commodity exchanges, corporations and investors, the Seminar will introduce participants through an interactive skills development framework to essential topics in regional integration and cross-border trade, finance and investment linkages.
It provides participants the opportunity to experience structured trade platforms on a simulated transactional basis and works through on a technical basis the product, business and risk implications for banks and other financial institutions.
The Seminar will include specific finance and investment facilitation components capitalising on the presence of regional agribusiness, mining sector players, financial institutions, investors and policymakers.
Opportunities also exist for banks to enhance their brand profile at the event and help shape the agenda.
Who should attend?
The seminar will be a unique learning, growth and networking opportunity for:
- Producers, consumers and traders of agriculture and mineral commodities
- Bank lenders, finance companies and investors supporting the agricultural and mineral sectors
- Policymakers, supervisors and operators from government ministries, regulatory bodies and commodity exchanges
- Donors and development agencies promoting the evolution of structured trade and inclusive finance, both nationally and regionally
Booking Fee: US$200.00 covering seminar attendance, materials, meals and hospitality receptions. This fee does not cover the cost of accommodation and participants will be required to reserve their own hotel rooms.
Registration: through the weblink above
Contact Person: Mimi Kalinda
Contact Telephone: +27 (72) 688 1250
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 1 – Foundations: The opening day of the seminar will examine commodity markets, institutions and their value added, informed by case studies from around the region and internationally. Deep drill assessment will examine instruments and opportunities in the realms of trade, finance and risk management, and the prerequisites to unlock these opportunities. The day will culminate in interactive breakout sessions with specific focus on the needs of individual interest groups including financiers, investors, agribusiness, regulators, policymakers, and mineral chain players.
Day 2 – Transactions: The intermediate day of the seminar will include hands on guidance for structuring transactions in the realms of trade, finance and risk management, and includes the seminar’s flagship participatory simulations involving cross-border flows on regional platforms. Participants will be split into groups to formulate and execute strategies within the context of a simulated “live” market environment, with specific roles within the simulation for the various interest groups relating to their position.
Day 3 – Investments: The final day of the seminar will draw together lessons and identify opportunities to support the continued growth of structured trade in the region going forward. To achieve the required growth, investment opportunities and ecosystem requirements will be mapped out, and – based on investment plans submitted in advance – matchmaking will take place between companies, banks and investors. A business to business trade facilitation session will also be conducted.