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FT Mozambique Summit 2019

Building Resilience for Long-term Growth

Maputo |
Speakers include:
David Pilling

David Pilling

Financial Times

Overview

Mozambique is now, more than ever, a country of huge potential and tough challenges. Despite political and economic reforms, there is still much work to be done to ensure sustainable economic development spreads across all key sectors.

Growth prospects for Mozambique remain robust, if efforts continue to address the challenges of diversifying exports, improving infrastructure links, up-skilling the workforce and fostering private-public sector relationships.

The government is seeking to strengthen collaborations with international stakeholders based on common interests -- ensuring investments not only contribute to the success of partners, but towards the development of the country. The Fourth Industrial Revolution calls for entrepreneurial, agile and innovative leaders to create the pathways needed for shared prosperity.

Following on previous successful editions, the 2019 Financial Times Mozambique Summit will bring together key ministers, policy makers along with local and international business leaders to debate the reforms and solutions that will facilitate growth, transform challenges into opportunities, and diversify the country’s economy.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 09/11/2019 08:00:0009/11/2019 17:30:00trueFT Mozambique Summit 2019Mozambique is now, more than ever, a country of huge potential and tough challenges. Despite political and economic reforms, there is still much work to be done to ensure sustainable economic development spreads across all key sectors.Growth prospects for Mozambique remain robust, if efforts continue to address the challenges of diversifying exports, improving infrastructure links, up-skilling the workforce and fostering private-public sector relationships.The government is seeking to strengthen collaborations with international stakeholders based on common interests -- ensuring investments not only contribute to the success of partners, but towards the development of the country. The Fourth Industrial Revolution calls for entrepreneurial, agile and innovative leaders to create the pathways needed for shared prosperity.Following on previous successful editions, the 2019 Financial Times Mozambique Summit will bring together key ministers, policy makers along with local and international business leaders to debate the reforms and solutions that will facilitate growth, transform challenges into opportunities, and diversify the country’s economy.FT-Mozambique-Summit-20192c898b0256b34544d2298c9fcddaa6a0MM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 11th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Welcome Address
  • 9:20am
    Keynote Interview: Preparing for the Economy of the Future
    • The transition to stability and sustained economic growth
    • How will government policies across key industries demonstrate resilience, trust and transparency?
    • Bridging knowledge and technology gaps for regional development – progress to date and what still needs to be done
  • 9:40am
    Ministerial Dialogue: Shaping the Future of Bilateral Trade and Investment

    International commerce has elevated millions of people out of poverty. Shifting geopolitics, innovative business models and changing societal expectations are creating new challenges and opportunities. How can Mozambique strengthen partnerships with neighbouring economies to achieve its full economic potential? Senior government officials take the stage to share their perspectives on how bilateral relationships can enhance engagement and solidarity for the better good.

  • 10:10am
    Panel Discussion: Energy Sector Reforms

    Will Mozambique become a major gas supplier? The surge in LNG projects powered by high quality gas is working in the country’s favour, bringing about change and competitive advantage to a reforming energy sector. To capitalise on the investment potential, efforts will need to focus on re-skilling the current workforce, improving access to international markets and establishing effective working relationships with local and international partners.

    • Gas & LNG Projects in Mozambique: Opportunities and Hurdles - What are the government’s strategies to attract investment in the gas industry? Understanding the main priorities of operators in Mozambique: how are government and the private sector working together to drive the industry forward?
    • Local content - Determining the local content requirement for Mozambique: what is the minimum requirement versus what is expected, and what quality issues are being faced?
    • Acquiring and retaining top-tier talent - What skills are available locally and what is the cost of upskilling the current workforce? How can effective training programs for Mozambican employees be developed in each phase level of operation?
    • Infrastructure and logistics - Addressing the bottlenecks caused by lack of port facilities, poor road conditions and challenging custom laws: lessons learned and case studies from current investments and projects in this area   
  • 11:00am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    Panel Discussion: The Future of Food – Expanding Local Production Through Innovation and Sustainable Initiatives

    Mozambique has 36 million hectares of arable land, but only 10 percent of these are currently in use. Despite the resources available, the domestic production is failing to meet local needs. In alignment with the sustainable development goals, this discussion will focus on how  the country is working to build sustainable, efficient and nutritious food systems for the benefit of both farmers and consumers. This panel will provide an insight from the agri-food disruptors, collaborators and innovators that are pushing business model and technology boundaries.

    • What powerful change drivers are at work in Mozambique’s food production system? What trends are we seeing from consumers?
    • Exploring high-impact agricultural solutions to help tackle global malnutrition, degraded land and food waste
    • Promoting Mozambique-owned agribusinesses: leveraging public and private investments to increase farmer access to market
    • What strategies are in place to support local farmers to improve production?
  • 12:20pm
    Dialogue: Impact Investing in Sustainable Infrastructure

    Mozambique’s macro-economic stability fosters an attractive environment for international trade. Despite the efforts to tackle the deficit, the infrastructure needed to improve transport and logistical links are failing to meet local and international needs. Additionally, the impact of climate change continues to influence and disrupt normal weather patterns. Cyclone Idai is a clear demonstration of the exposure and vulnerability of many low-lying cities and towns. How can Mozambique close the infrastructure investment gap and design long-term, oriented frameworks to create a resilient future?

    • A recap of Mozambique’s infrastructure developments to date – highlighting main achievements and challenges
    • Accelerating growth through investment -- what are the key issues that international investors need to consider?
    • Looking ahead: What plans are in place to improve financial readiness and strengthen Mozambique’s resilience to weather-related hazards?
    • Leveraging from public-private partnerships to boost port performance and access to neighbouring countries
    • An outlook on green infrastructure projects that are generating economical and recreational opportunities
  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    In Conversation: Mozambique Women in Business

    Achieving equality is not only a fundamental human right but a business imperative. A senior business leader will explore the importance of supporting gender equality and the strategies and initiatives being implemented to support women rights.

  • 2:20pm
    Panel Discussion: Women in the Global Economy - Amplifying the voices of the unheard

    While advances are being made globally in broadening women’s participation at work, the pace of change has been slow in developing economies. Women represent half the African population and produce over 60% of economic goods, yet only 8.5% are paid salaries. Female leaders across the globe sit down to discuss why this is happening -- sharing their experiences and perspectives on what needs to be done to boost equality.

    • The value and importance of women in the labour force
    • Progress on equality and diversity in the region has been slow. What can policy-makers and companies do to change this?
    • Empowering women through access to innovative business opportunities
  • 3:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:30pm
    Lightning Talks Followed by Q&A Session: Nurturing a Diverse and Competitive Economy

    Mozambique has faced many challenges over the years with attempts to diversify away from capital-intensive and low-productivity projects. With a goal to attract international investment, the country’s renewed focus is on improving how well ‘high flying’ industries compare against the fundamental key drivers-- inclusion, quality skills and education, health service delivery and infrastructure.

    • Inclusion
    • Health service delivery
    • Quality skills and education
    • Infrastructure
  • 4:30pm
    Closing interview: Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Business Transformation

    As digital transformation and automation continue to advance, there is a renewed focus and commitment for emerging economies to upskill their existing workforce. How can Mozambique diversify its skill set and prepare for the ‘jobs of tomorrow’?

    • Demographic shifts are changing the employment landscape globally. How will companies ensure opportunities for all?
    • What can the big tech companies do to ensure innovation does not dehumanise work?
    • What needs to change to better align business practices with longer-term human-development and environmental agendas?
    • What can be done now to ensure better prospects for young people in the future?
    • How can workers today prepare for the skills of tomorrow?
  • 5:00pm
    Chair’s Closing Summation

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Drinks Reception

Chair (1)

David Pilling

David Pilling

Africa Editor
Financial Times

David Pilling is the Africa Editor of the FT. Previously he was the Asia Editor (2008-16), Tokyo Bureau Chief (2002-08), Pharmaceuticals Correspondent (1999-2001), Deputy Features Editor (1997-99) and Chile/Argentina Correspondent (1993-97). He is the author of Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival (Penguin, 2014) and The Growth Delusion (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Silver Sponsor (1)

GL Africa Energy invests in energy solutions in the Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions. The company was established in 2013 with the aim of becoming a leading developer and operator of power projects. We develop and manage a series of African based energy projects and specialise in building state-of-the-art power plants, providing off-grid companies with viable energy systems. GLAE partners with world-renowned companies to get the most efficient technology that provides affordable power. 

GLAE’s vision is to be the total energy solutions provider of choice for the Great Lakes and Southern Africa and remain a leader in innovation and sustainability. The Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions have a significant shortage of power, and their respective governments have invited independent power providers to meet the shortfall. As an energy solution company, GL Africa Energy is offering total energy solutions by investing in energy generation and management projects to fill this gap. The company has a strategy to generate about 1000MW. This includes Rovuma Gas Now - an exciting new proposition from GLAE that will accelerate the social and economic benefits for the people of Mozambique through innovative mini-LNG technology.

Our vision for a sustainable future also informs how we work within communities. That means hiring locally, investing in people, contributing to infrastructure and services, and leaving a legacy of self-sufficiency through the power we supply and the communities we support. 

We experience, realise and appreciate Africa's urgency for energy. We understand the solutions needed to power our continent into a new age of prosperity. Our goal is to provide local energy solutions that will change lives and businesses across the region.

Venue

Polana Serena Hotel
1380 Av. Julius Nyerere
Maputo 00100

Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 241 700
Email: reservations@serena.co.mz

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