June 20, 2022

GDIZ to partner at the Benin Investment Forum

EVENT SCHEDULE BELOW

(Subject to last minute changes)

08:30 – 08:35

Opening Ceremony

Invest in Benin – Benin Insights: Video projection and scripting of the strategic vision and prospective of the Republic of Benin.

08:35 – 09:00

Focus Benin

Keynote: Benin Land of Your Projects.

09:00 – 09:15

Made in Benin: Pitch

Start-UP & Innovation: Looking for Beninese champions.

Presentation of 3 future champions / Meet three entrepreneurs creating impact in Benin markets

09:15 – 09:30

Investing in the Glo-Djigbé industrial zone / Invest In GDIZ

Presentation of investment opportunities in the GDIZ

Speaker: Managing Director: GDIZ

09:30 – 10:00

Booth opening

Networking Break / Pause Networking

10:00 – 11:00

Opening Plenary Session – SME and Finance / SME Finance

Realizing Benin’s potential: strengthening and financing SMEs Beninese.

In Benin, SMEs represent a strong employment potential for young people of age to work. However, there are major obstacles to their financing: problems access, risk, regulation or even expertise. The different approaches to risk, perceived as high in loans to SMEs, therefore arouse a lot of interest. Two solutions are possible in particular: back-to-back credit cash flow and portfolio guarantees. But beyond these tools, will and commitment will be needed to create opportunities for million young people and in particular, to develop their skills.

11:00 – 12:00

SME & Finance

Catalytic and Solidarity Fund CCI Benin

12:00 – 13:00

Invest in Benin

Logistics & Transportation: Cross-border trade and national strategy for investment attraction

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch / Networking Lunch

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Digital & Innovation – Start-ups and digital innovation, fertile ground for transformation social in Africa.

Social innovation is currently strongly linked, in Africa, to the revolution digital. To produce development that meets the needs of the most large numbers, the digital sector must maintain its capacity for innovation – particularly present in the “free” communities. The spaces of innovation help young entrepreneurs to structure their approaches while retaining their strong potential for social transformation.

The transitions we are currently experiencing, first and foremost the digital transition, lead to a paradigm shift. The world is entered a new era and Africa is not left out. The continent surprised by the strong growth of mobile, the deployment of broadband and the emergence of a multitude of start-ups, reflecting the creativity of a youth who do not ask than to express themselves.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Succeed in your digital transformation.

Cloud and Digital Transformation: The best solutions for the performance of your business.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Insurance – Data and innovation at the heart of insurance in Africa: Innovation and Digitalization: a must for business growth of the insurance industry?

Issues and Challenges – The digitization of behavior, both of consumers and companies, has affected all strata of the global economy. Companies insurance companies are not left out: they now have to deal with new challenges to remain competitive and sustain their business.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Energy and PPP – The development of renewable energies in Africa: a public-private partnership.

Like mobile telephony, which has enabled the development of telecommunications in Sub-Saharan Africa, the development of renewable energies (EnR) will be it likely to meet production capacity needs? The potential of EnR is real there. Private producers can play an essential role for the develop. For this, States must put in place a regulatory framework and appropriate planning, alongside donors whose role is particularly structuring in the upstream phase of projects.

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Start-Up Night 2022:

Women in Tech: Building a more inclusive and diversified?

This was designed as part of the Benin Investment Forum in partnership with (Enabel and EU) to support women start-ups innovative Beninese in order to help them grow their projects by putting them in direct contact with large groups, investment funds, Business Angels, financial and state institutions.

08:30 – 09:00

Made in Benin: Pitch

Start-UP & Innovation: Looking for Beninese champions.

Meet three entrepreneurs creating impact in Benin markets.

09:00 – 09:30

Invest in Benin

2022 Finance Law: What measures for VSEs?

09:30 – 10:30

CAP – Investing in the Autonomous Port of Cotonou

10:30 – 11:30

Women In Business – Investing in women’s entrepreneurship, one of the keys to African growth: Reducing gender inequalities requires identifying and addressing deployment of programs or policies targeting specific constraints that weigh on women entrepreneurs. It also involves collaboration with all private sector players, from large banks to startups innovative, to pilot, test and scale up interventions that work.

11:30 – 12:30

Telecom / Infrastructure

What role for the private sector in the development of digital in Benin?

The development of digital technology has been one of the most striking successes of Africa over the past fifteen years. If public institutions have contributed to the effort (funding of submarine cables by donors, development of e-government services) it is clear that the role private sector actors was decisive for this African take-off.

12:30 – 13:30

SMEs and Finance – Meeting the challenge of financing SMEs by optimizing risk management.

In Africa, VSEs-SMEs represent a strong employment potential for young people.  However, there are major obstacles to their financing: problems of access, risk, regulation or expertise. The different approaches to risk, perceived as high in loans to VSEs-SMEs, are at the heart of all the attentions. Two solutions are possible in particular: credit backed by cash flow and portfolio guarantees. But beyond these tools, will and commitment are essential to provide opportunities for millions of people trapped in poverty – and, in particular, developing their skills.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch / Networking Lunch

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Investing in startups

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Agrifood – Innovative companies in the food industry: social and economic impact of support structures.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tourism – After COVID-19, reviving tourism for growth inclusive.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism industry around the world and Benin is no exception. The way in which Benin envisages to better rebuild the sector after the pandemic and the opportunities of investment available in the public and private sectors to help recovery will be at the heart of this panel.

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing ceremony

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