Lebanese Diaspora Energy

The Africa LDE Conference in Johannesburg 2017

Dear Lebanese Descendants,
On behalf of the Lebanese Republic and myself I would like to express to you my happiness and excitement in welcoming you to the upcoming LDE Conference, Africa Edition which will be held in Johannesburg on the 2nd and 3rd of February, 2017.
This continental meeting aims to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among leaders like yourselves. Your love for Lebanon continues to prevail in your hearts and your Lebanity remains anchored in your souls and minds.
The LDE Conference, Africa Edition is an opportunity to celebrate your achievements and to share your experiences. It also opens possibilities in building new business partnerships with your compatriots in different fields such as trade, industry and services.
The Lebanese communities on the African continent are always vibrant and dynamic and have contributed to the development and progress of the countries in which they are present.
On this occasion I will also be happy to celebrate with you our new law on the Lebanese Nationality Restoration that was recently adopted by the Lebanese Parliament.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you in Johannesburg, through you, we can strengthen the ties between Lebanon and Africa, and build bridges.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
8:00 - 9:00
Registration & Coffee
08:30 - 09:00
Welcome Coffee
9:00 - 10:00
Opening Ceremony
09:00 – 09:30
A success Story of Women Pioneers
H.E Mrs.Beatrice Atallah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Madagascar
10:15 - 11:30
Panel Discussion: Insights into the Lebanese Diaspora and its Investments in Africa (telecom,industries,services,trading etc...)
This panel will discuss the investment climate, the laws protecting investments, the sectors in which the Lebanese are mostly active, the challenges they are encountering and the future prospects and opportunities among others in e-commerce, renewable energy etc....
09:30 – 10:45
Panel Discussion: The Banking Sector in Lebanon " Facilitating Investment flows between Africa and Lebanon"
This panel aims at putting some prominent Lebanese banks at the forefront of Financial Institutions aiming at providing banking services to the lebanese communities in Africa. The panel will also discuss the Lebanese banking regulations, the transfer of Money to Lebanon, and the requirements of credit facilities to help Lebanese companies grow and prosper.
11:30 - 11:45
Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:30
The Anthony Kayrouz Story "One Step Closer"
11:45 – 12:15
Presentation by Dr. Azar Jamine
Economic Landscape in Africa: Most dynamic sectors to attract FDI, effect of the price of oil and commodities on the continent.
11:00 – 11:15
Coffee Break
12:30 – 14:00
11:15 – 12:30
Panel Discussion: Prominent Sectors in Lebanon
This Panel will discuss the challenges of investing in Lebanon and the most prominent sectors for investments. It will shed light on the legal instruments and laws protecting investors as well as the taxes on transactions.
14:00 - 15:15
Panel Discussion: Young CEO's from Southern Africa Countries - Trading to manufacturing to IT to health care and innovation
This panel will be a platform to hear from young CEO's about the countries they are working in or have invested in, about sectors that are registering growth (retail, real state mining trading etc...) despite the commodity slump and uncertainty of some countries. The panel will also discuss whether, South Africa is considered the window of Africa and how the depreciation of the Rand is affecting Foreign Investments.
12:30 - 14:00
Reception Hosted by the Embassy of Lebanon
14:00 - 14:30
Inspirational Story on Lebanity
Dr Michael Louis - Former Minister in the Provincial Government of the Western Cape
14:30 - 15:45
Buy Lebanese and consume Lebanese "The Lebanese service Industry"
This panel is a presentation of the Lebanese Cuisine and the Lebanese companies that are being franchised abroad and that are interested in the different African markets. The panel will also highlight the role of the Chamber of Commerce and industry in facilitating export for small companies and in helping find the right suppliers in Lebanon
16:00 - 17:00
Closing Ceremony
Official Gala Dinner


Hilton Sandton hotel, 2nd and 3rd February 2017

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