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					                                            Agenda
                             Trade Finance 2009--Untapped Markets
       Promoting the Development of SMEs and Confronting the Challenge of Access to Finance

July 7th 2009

8:30     Opening Ceremony - Moderator: Vanessa Adams, Director West Africa Trade Hub

Welcome and Acknowledgement of Sponsors and Honored Guests

        o   Alfred Braimah             Director, Private Sector Department of ECOWAS
        o   ECOBANK                    Platinum Sponsor
        o   Bank of Industry Nigeria   Managing Director
        o   Rafael Jabba               Principal Investment Officer, AfDB
        o   Souleymane Traore          Principal Country Officer
        o   Hans Humes                 CEO Greylock
        o   Karl Kumbier               Managing Director Stanbic Ghana

9:00     Introduction to Conference Themes

        o   Conference Objectives/Process            Vanessa Adams
        o   Institutional Framework Analysis         Stephanie Diakite
        o   Financing Value Chains                   Judson Welsh
        o   Change, Relationship and Governance      Tidiane Traore

9:30     Success Stories

        o   Butec Broderie             (Apparel, Cameroon)
        o   Pirogue Bleue              (Fish, Senegal)
        o   Ghana Specialty Fats       (Shea, Ghana)
        o   Tans Alloman               (Transport, Togo)

10:30 Departure Dignitaries
      Pause Café

11:00 Trade Finance Panel - New Products and Approaches
    o USAID, AfDB, BOI, UBA, Stanbic, IFC
    o Creative Financing Solutions - Judson Welsh West Africa Trade Hub, Dan Awendo InvesteQ

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Breakout Groups - Facilitators: Judson Welsh, Joseph Pegues, Bob Thornton

   o     Agribusiness:         Shea and Cashew
   o     Fish and Seafood:     Processed and Frozen
   o     Manufacturing:        Apparel, Home Décor and Specialty Foods
   o     Transportation:       Support for regional and international trade

17:30 Wrap up Group Activities
July 8th 2009

8:30   Breakout Groups’ Presentations

10:30 Pause Café

11:00 Panel Discussions: Buyer Finance: Global Trading, Olam

12:00 Alternative Financing Solutions
          o Non-Bank Financial Institutions: InvesteQ
          o Investors: Greylock
          o Equity Funds: Makeda Fund

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Mobile Banking – Today’s Opportunities and Constraints
      ICT – The right tools for successful trade

15:00 Pause Café

15:30 Evaluations and Wrap-up
      Closing Remarks

July 9th 2009

9:00   Businesses to Banks and Investors Fair (B2Bi) –
       20 minute meetings involving exporters, banks and investors.

				
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