The 2018 Forum will be on 10 February 2018 at the AMS Student Nest, UBC. It will bring together international business leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and students for a day of focused discussion and relationship building.
This year’s theme is Blueprints for the next generation: Shaping the driving force behind Africas growth.
Panel 1: Tech in HealthCare: Addressing the limitations and opportunities for technology in the health sector
In many African countries, very few people have access to low-cost, high-quality healthcare, resulting in deaths from preventable and treatable diseases.In addition, the number of healthcare investments relative to the size of the economy is quite low, hence we discuss funding and investment in healthcare in Africa. This panel explores the role of technology in improving health care service delivery in many African communities; using simple, innovative, and easily accessible technology.
Panel 2: Reshaping African Economies through blockchain and cryptocurrency
What are blockchains and how can this technology be applied to industries beyond digital currencies? This panel will give an understanding of the power of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in businesses in Africa to improve efficiency and productivity; whilst tackling unemployment. We’ll also discuss Africa’s transition to using blockchain technology and how to ensure its success.
Panel 1: Role of the Private and Public sector in empowering the Next African Entrepreneur
This Panel will focus on looking at the current structures that are in place to support African Entrepreneurs. It will explore business incubators, accelerators and innovation hubs and the role they play in making the entrepreneur’s goals a reality. The Panel will also delve into the impact of the African education system, access to capital and ease of setting up a business on the continent
Panel 2: Social Entrepreneurship in Africa, a choice or a necessity?
This panel will look at whether Social Entrepreneurship is a viable option for young people on the continent. It will explore the skills necessary to start a business and the responsibility that the young entrepreneur has in shaping the driving force behind Africa’s growth. The panel will discuss how social entrepreneurs can decide on their brand and leverage this to grow.
Panel 1: Impact Investing Demystified
The impact investing panel will introduce the audience to the different forms of impact investing and its growth story. Moreover, the panel will discuss the biggest challenges facing the impact sphere today, such as quantifying impact, retail-level impact investing, and growth barriers.
Panel 2: Intra-regional Funding: Keeping Capital within the Continent
As Africa’s economy continues to accelerate in growth, some African countries have turned to intra-regional funding as a sustainable alternative to overseas funding sources. There is debate regarding the pros and cons of intra-regional funding, aka funding from the transfer of capital among African countries, versus those of external funding. This panel will explore some of the similarities and differences between both funding sources, along with their respective political and social implications.
The first liberation struggle was for political freedom. The second liberation is one of social transformation and economic emancipation. This panel will discuss the role of women in liberating the minds of young Africans in their communities. We will examine the responsibility of women in shaping the systems of government that will make sure no one is left behind in the growth of Africa. The panel will look at how women can drive economic emancipation, the unique positions of women in the private and public sector and the opportunities for collaboration that exist.
Panel 2: Chinese investment into Africa
This Panel first addresses Chinese resource for infrastructure loans in Africa. These are loans in which China provides soft loans to African countries in exchange for access to natural resource deposits and mineral deposits. We will the positive and detrimental effects of such a model for the African countries in question. This Panel will then shift focus into political corruption in Sino-African relations. We will examine the closed-off nature of high-level engagement between Chinese and respective African government officials. The panel would discuss also delve into cases of accusations of corruption against African politicians in dealings with China.