The big African securities exchanges event of the year is drawing close. The 17th General Assembly and annual conference of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) will be 1-4 December in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. As usual, expect top leaders from nearly all the African securities exchanges plus a host of international capital-markets experts, policy-makers, Central Bank governors, African and international financiers, key investment and journalists.
West Africa’s regional Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM), an innovative exchange which covers 8 countries, will host the gathering, which will be held under the patronage of His Excellency President Alassane Ouattara, The theme will be: “Africa: From promises to achievements, the key role of capital markets”.
The conference action starts on 3 December, with a welcome from Gabriel Fal, chairman of the BRVM, opening remarks by Sunil Benimadhu, President of ASEA and a key figure in the development of Africa’s markets, a keynote address by Tiémoko Meyliet Kone, Governor of the BCEAO, on “The financing of the West African Monetary Union economies: new challenges” and an official opening address by HE Alassane Ouattara.
The main action for the public are the panels on 3-4 Dec. Your editor has the privilege to moderate a top-quality Panel 7 on my favourite topic, innovation, infrastructure, technology and the development of the African markets.
The day before, 2 Dec, will be used for the ASEA Executive Committee and ASEA General Assembly meetings and a welcoming cocktail for all. The conference will be held at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, as listed on our conferences page. For bookings, go to the excellent ASEA2013 conference website.
Top speakers, excellent panels
This is the programme according to the ASEA2013 website today (1 Nov).
Panel 1: Frontier markets: why now and why African frontier markets?
• Moderator: Yvonne Ike (Chief Executive of RENCAP Nigeria)
• Susan Payne (Executive Chair of EmVest Agricultural Corp, Africa)
• Colin Bell (Head of Global Capital Markets at stockbroker Auerbach Grayson)
• Matthieu Pigasse (CEO Lazard and Chairman Lazard Africa)
• David Finch (Chief Economist, Exane, BNP Paribas)
Focus guest speaker: Thierry Tanoh, CEO Ecobank Transnational International “The investment opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa”
Panel 2: Frontier markets: telling the story right
• Moderator: Anne Guimard (CEO, FINEO Investor Relations Advisors)
• Adam Malik (Associate Director, Investis)
• Paul Clark (Portfolio Manager, Ashburton Investments)
• Fidelis Madavo (Head of resources, the Public Investment Corporation, South Africa)
• Ashley Bendell (frontier markets specialist)
Panel 3: Why is it important to support the growth of vibrant capital markets in Africa?
• Moderator: Nader Mousavizadeh (Macro Advisory Partners)
• Andy Gboka (Equity Research Analyst, Exotix London)
• Ibrahima Kobar (Chief Investment Officer Fixed Income, Natixis Asset Management)
• Abdoulaye Bio Tchane (President of Alindaou Consulting International and Chairman of Africa Guarantee Fund)
• Christian de Boissieu (Professor of economics and member of AMF)
Panel 4: African mining resources and infrastructure financing through capital markets
• Moderator: Geoff Rothschild (Johannesburg Stock Exchange)
• Jean-Louis EKRA (President, AfriEximbank)
• Gabriel FAL (Chairman BRVM and DC/BR)
• Marc Antoine Audet (CEO Sama Resources)
• Ungad Chadda (Toronto Stock Exchange)
Panel 5: Why should private equity funds use African stock exchanges to exit?
• Moderator: Hubert Danso (CEO of Africa investor)
• Cyrille Nkontchou (President, ENKO Capital)
• Amelia Beattie (Chief Investment Officer, Stanlib)
• Luke Kinoti (Chief Executive, Fusion Group, Kenya)
• Frederic Hottinger (Chairman Bank Hottinger)
• Tim Turner (Director of private sector operations, AfDB)
Panel 6: African capital markets success stories: investors’ and issuers’ perspectives
• Moderator: Sunil Benimadhu (CEO, Stock Exchange of Mauritius)
• David Grayson (CEO Auerbach Grayson)
• Ashley Bendell (frontier markets specialist)
• Paul Harry Aithnard (Group Head, Securities and Asset Management, ETI)
• Mohamed Khalil (Chairman of Dari Couspate)
Panel 7: Innovation in capital markets infrastructure : relevance to African securities exchanges
• Moderator: Tom Minney, African Capital Markets News
• Sandy Frucher (Vice Chairman, Nasdaq OMX Group)
• Tony Weeresinghe (CEO of Millennium IT and Director of Global Development at London Stock Exchange Group)
• Hannes Takacs (CAPMEX Institute)
• Naseer A. Akhtar (President and CEO, Infotech Group)
Panel 8: Cross-border fund-raising and capital-markets integration in Africa
• Moderator: Oscar Onyema (President West African Capital Markets Council)
• Peter Mwangi (CEO, Nairobi Stock Exchange)
• Mohamed Bennani (President, Bank of Africa Group)
• Ekow Afedzie (Deputy Managing Director, Ghana Stock Exchange)
• Saïd Ibrahimi (CEO, Casablanca Finance City)
• General Secretary of Conseil Régional de l’Epargne Publique et des Marchés Financiers (CREPMF) of West African Monetary Union