The African Heads of Mission meeting from 19th – 21st September, will bring together 15 African Ambassadors, plus their trade and education teams from the continents largest economies to Scotland for the first time. The objective of the meeting is to promote opportunities to increase trade, investment and knowledge sharing between Scotland and Africa. The programme, which is spread over three days, will include sector-specific roundtables, focused seminars, private G2B meetings and bi-lateral government meetings.
The programme will concentrate on a range of sectors in which Scotland excels, and are considered priorities by many African Governments, such as renewable energy, education, oil & gas and agriculture.
The highlight of the week will be the all-day Scotland Africa Trade and Investment Meeting on the 21st September.
15.00 – 16.30 – Health seminar – Hosted by the Global Health Academy of Edinburgh University this will introduce their Africa programmers and discuss ways of expanding these within the continent. There will also be a presentation from TIBA – http://tiba-partnership.org/
17.00 – 20.00 – Education seminar – To be hosted by Edinburgh University. Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science and Minister for External Affairs will attend along with Scotland’s Universities and Colleges. The seminar will cover student admissions and scholarships as well as how closer links for research, training and partnerships can be established for education at all levels. The evening will end with a networking reception.
Scotland Africa Trade & Investment Forum
08.45 – Welcome by Professor Richard Williams, Principal, Heriot Watt University
Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation
Tracy Black, CBI, Director for Scotland
Emma Wade-Smith, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa
Daniel Hochar, Senior Consultant, Africa Matters Ltd.
09.15 – 10.30 – Private Roundtable on Infrastructure Development – Hosted by the CBI
09.15 – 10.15 – Seminar – Fintech and Technology
Stephen Ingledew, CEO, Fintech Scotland
Paul McGlynn, CEO, Caseblocks
TynahMatembe, Co-Founder, MoneyMatrix
10.30 – 11.00 – Networking and refreshments
11.00 – 12.00 –Seminar on Renewable Energy
Hazel Gulliver, Director of Policy & Regulation, Scottish Power Renewables
David Robertson, Strategy & Development Director, Clean Energy at Wood
Iain Todd, University of St. Andrews – On behalf of Scottish Renewables
Aran Eales, Energy for Development Group, University of Strathclyde
11.00 – 12.00 – Roundtable on Accessing Africa for Scottish Business & Social Enterprises
Hosted by Eoghan Mackie, CEO, Challenges Worldwide
12.00 – 12.30 – Networking and refreshments
12.30 – 13.30 – Seminar on Agriculture &Aquaculture
Matthew Lancashire, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI)
William Leschen, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
John Claxton, Glasgow University Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
13.30 – 14.30– Lunch and networking
14.30 – 15.30 – Seminar on Oil & Gas Services & Training
Sian Lloyd-Rees, Head of Africa, Aker Solutions
Andrew Monaghan, Regional Manager Africa, SDI
Professor Sebastian Geiger, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University
Professor Andrew Hurst, Chair of Production Geoscience, University of Aberdeen