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Programme: RICS Summit Africa 2018

Morning sessions

08:00: Registration and refreshments

09:00: Chair’s opening remarks

09:05: Introduction and welcome

Sanett Uys, Chair, RICS Sub-Saharan Africa Market Advisory Panel

09:10: Presidential address

John Hughes, President, RICS

09:20: Opening keynote address: Macroeconomic forecast for Africa

The event will begin with an analysis of economic growth prospects in Africa. Building a picture of the whole continent by first detailing regional trends, the session will look at the performance of import and export sectors, commodities pricing, domestic demand, fiscal policy and currency valuation. Paying particular attention to the built environment’s key industries, the session will assess the likelihood of Africa’s economy continuing to expand in 2018/19.

09:50: Inclusive growth and sustainable development in Africa

The extent to which Africa can hope to share in the dividends of China’s multi-trillion dollar One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade and infrastructure initiative, remains a source of conjecture. The OBOR’s maritime route will alight on Sub Saharan Africa at Mombasa, with the Chinese funded Standard Gauge Railway further unlocking Eastern Africa’s key cities. Nevertheless, beyond the region, similarly extensive connectivity upgrades are required in order for Africa to feel the full economic benefit of the project. Five years on from publication of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, this session will seek to explore the link between integrated, cross continental infrastructure and inclusive, sustainable economic growth.

Panellists will include:

  • Siyabonga Gama, Group Chief Executive, Transnet SOC Ltd

11:00: Networking refreshments

11:30: Powering cities, empowering citizens

The successful realisation of urban transformation initiatives across Africa will depend on scalable and sustainable solutions to the continent’s power deficit. Case studying flagship infrastructure projects, renewable solutions, microgrids and energy efficient design, our expert panel will assess the role of city leaders, innovators and businesses in addressing this challenge. Can smarter application of knowledge and technology in major projects and commercial facilities save energy and drive improved use of space? With new approaches, including smart metering and carbon monitoring, helping to reduce resource consumption and waste, we will ask how pioneering cities, businesses and digitally enabled citizens are powering Africa’s ambitions.

Panellists will include:

  • Adama Deen, Senior Advisor on Strategic Infrastructure Initiatives, New Partnership for African Development
  • Ana Hajduka, Founder and CEO, Africa Green Co
  • Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, Founder and MD, DLO Energy Resource Group

12:45: Networking lunch

Break-out sessions

Break out group 1 - Showcasing Africa’s smartest cities

13:45: Smart city panel 1

Details to be confirmed

14:40: Smart city panel 2

Details to be confirmed

Break out group 2 - Funding Africa’s infrastructure pipeline

13:45: Improved approaches to project feasibility

The African infrastructure pipeline is currently valued in excess of US$350bn, but the challenge of demonstrating feasibility in development projects remains. This session will assess the causes of uncertainty in African construction projects and discuss potential solutions. Focusing on best practice approaches to demonstrating investability and capacity to complete, panellists will seek to answer the question: how can the continent’s built environment professionals move vital infrastructure projects towards completion?

Panellists will include:

  • Rockson Kwesi Dogbegah, Vice President, Chartered Institute of Building Africa and Executive Chairman, Berock Ventures Limited
  • Sheila Kaijuka, Founding Partner, Ridge Consulting
  • Ivan Cornet, Managing Partner, Latitude Five

14:40: Attracting foreign direct investment and public private partnerships

Despite showing encouraging signs for much of the 21st century so far, investors often need encouragement to place their faith in Africa. Foreign direct investment and effective public-private partnership models are key to the long-term prospects of the continent’s built environment; the challenges are numerous, but so too are the opportunities. Bringing together individuals with track records of success in driving investment into African development projects, this session will case study successful, replicable and scalable infrastructure funding models.

Break out group 3 – Delivering world class commercial real estate in Africa

13:45: Strategic commercial real estate development

Population growth, demographic change and urbanisation continue to drive African commercial property markets. Considering development trends, hotspots and emerging high-performance sectors, the session will look at funding models, new approaches to site identification and how headquarter strategies are changing.

Panellists will include:

  • Susan Turner, Managing Director, Knight Frank South Africa
  • Adeniyi Adeleye, Head Real Estate Finance – West Africa, Stanbic IBTC Capital

14:40: Optimising real estate costs

Now more than ever, effective application of workplace data can assist in the reduction of operating costs in workplaces. Emerging technologies are driving new approaches to the use of energy and space, optimising commercial real estate assets for the 21st century. This session will aim to demonstrate how improved workplaces are creating happier, healthier and more productive workforces, while driving cost and resource efficiencies for employers.

Panellists will include:

  • SF van der Linde, Client Director – Property, Aurecon – Our African City

Afternoon sessions

15:30: Networking refreshments

15:50: An update on RICS Strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mark Walley, Regional Managing Director - EMEA, RICS

16:00: Embedding sustainable Facilities Management practices in African commercial real estate

Appreciation of facilities management as a specialism is growing across Africa, with expectations changing in respect of the nature and scope of the role. Traditionally seen as a short-term, maintenance focused professional, the 21st century FM must place greater emphasis on long-term strategy and accept increased accountability in questions of value for money, sustainability and social responsibility. This session will bring together global FM leaders to discuss the evolution of the discipline. Particular focus will be given to the beneficial operational and cost implications of embedding long-term strategic FM initiatives in Africa’s multi-billion dollar commercial real estate pipeline.

Stephen Ola Jagun, Managing Partner, Jagun Associates

16:30: Closing keynote panel: A future facing Africa

Home to four of the world’s ten fastest growing economies, the world’s youngest population and a rapidly expanding urbanised middle-class, opportunities abound in Africa. However, the continent faces a unique combination of challenges, both environmental and economic. Building on themes covered throughout the day, the closing keynote discussion will debate policy approaches to:

  • Increasing internal trade volumes through regional free trade agreements
  • Stemming the talent drain to Europe, Asia and the Americas
  • Reducing freight costs through better integration of continental transport networks
  • Easing movement of people to address labour needs in key industries
  • Harnessing the creativity and entrepreneurialism of Africa’s youthful population

17:30: Chair’s closing remarks and conference close