International Women’s Day 2013

Sowei Mask Naming Ceremony (by Sierra Leone Heritage)

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Live and ‪Interview – The Radio Salone World Tour

Borderless 2013: Connecting Markets

The Borderless Alliance, an initiative launched in 2011 to increase trade throughout West Africa, has recently announced its annual conference, Borderless 2013: Connecting Markets, to take place on the 14th and 15th February 2013 in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso.

Private sector stakeholders from across West Africa will participate in the event, including the region’s leading trading companies, transport and logistics companies, banks and other financial institutions. ECOWAS and UEMOA, the regional bodies that obtain consensus on trade policy from West African states, will also participate along with representatives of ministries from West African states.

“West Africa is experiencing unprecedented economic growth and development,” said Borderless the Alliance President Ziad Hamoui. “Removing trade barriers is critical to harnessing that growth and development and ensuring that all of West Africa’s 300 million citizens benefit from it.”

“The Borderless Alliance serves as a platform to identify and address the problems that affect regional trade,” said Justin Bayili, managing director of the Borderless Alliance. “We are coordinating the implementation of a comprehensive strategy with private sector stakeholders across West Africa. The conference will allow stakeholders to collaborate on the strategy and build the momentum to driving further change.”

Online registration for Borderless 2013 is now open at

Business After Conflict conference

IFC, IFC’s Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA), and “This Is Africa”, a Financial Times publication, are hosting Business After Conflict in Nairobi on November 28, 2012.

This one-day conference will bring together high-level representatives from government and business to discuss investment opportunities in countries recovering from conflict, with a focus on Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and South Sudan.

Bringing together investors, risk analysts and senior politicians, the event will address risk perception and reality, and how it affects financing and insurance. The programme will also offer insight into investment dynamics, reform ‘credibility’, the donor tools available to support investment and conflict-sensitive business practices. Participants will hear success stories from businesses that have flourished in post conflict states.

To help publicize the event, IFC has launched a photo competition open to African nationals that is seeking images of the private sector benefiting communities in post conflict countries.

WACEE 2012

Domestic and international leaders within energy generation, energy efficiency, as well as water and waste management, will come together for the West African Clean Energy & Environment Conference & Exhibition WACEE 12 from 6th to 8th November 2012 in the International Conference Centre Accra, Ghana.

WACEE 12 will comprise a three day conference with an exhibition on each day and will provide a platform for power providers, technology suppliers, investors, industry experts as well as political and economical decision takers to discuss matters and opportunities in the area of clean energy. The conference will feature experts from the governmental, industrial and scientific sectors to provide input through participation in speech delivery, workshops or panels.

It  will therefore amount to a platform to bring together the knowledge and experience from the following sectors:
Conventional energies in West Africa: oil, gas and hydropower
Renewable energies in West Africa: wind, gas and biomass
Recycling and water treatment

The exhibition, as an international event for West Africa, will represent all key players within the industry, presenting their company and newest technology focused on clean energy and environment.

The exhibition will feature domestic and international exhibitors from the following sectors:
Oil and gas
Renewable energies (solar, wind, biomass)
Energy efficiency
Water and wastewater management
Waste management

SIAO 2012

The Salon International de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou (SIAO) is an international fair for art and craft that will be held at Burkina Faso from October the 26th to November the 4th 2012.

Every 2 years, SIAO promotes African business of handicraft providing a framework to facilitate the access for professionals of fashion, decoration, design, fine arts, and furniture in international markets.

As a trusted partner for SIAO 2012, the USAID West Africa Trade Hub will present workshops under AfricaNow!, the international brand supported by the USAID Trade Hub and the AfricaNow! network of producers, exporters and buyers.

“Exporters often need help working with international buyers – as do the buyers,” said Elaine Bellezza, the USAID Trade Hub home décor and fashion accessories advisor. “Agents provide that help – facilitating the relationship between buyer and producer. This workshop specifically focuses on the important role they play.”

Handcrafts exporters from across West Africa will discuss how to facilitate deals with international buyers during the two-day workshop facilitated by AfricaNow!, an international network of handcrafts producers and buyers managed by the USAID West Africa Trade Hub.

Consolidating export agents are key actors in the handcrafts sector, facilitating exports to international markets. The workshop is looking specifically at the critical role agents play and helping them gain knowledge and skills to develop, and to build their networks with partners and increase exports to international buyers.

Facilitators include a U.S.-based buyer’s agent and regional sector leaders.

Over two days, artisanal sector experts will cover:
How to grow their consolidation businesses.
Regional collaboration opportunities.
Buyer expectations.
Best practices in consolidating and export.

Private Equity in Africa, by “This is Africa” and EMPEA

“This is Africa” magazine and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), present Private Equity in Africa 2012 (London, 24th October), a leadership summit for private equity investors.

In its fourth year, the summit will bring together leading figures from the fund management, limited partner and public and private sector communities to explore the opportunities presented by private equity investment in Africa.

Featuring a combination of keynote addresses, lively panel discussions, and informative case studies, this year’s event will focus on the key locations and sectors for capital, and will include high-level contributions from government figures looking to the private sector as the driving force of inclusive growth.

Logistics West Africa Conference

Now in its second year, Logistics West Africa is a gathering of senior logistics and supply chain professionals creating the most innovative and profitable industry solutions. Sessions range from strategy to practical topics to expert advice on efficiency, innovation and collaboration. The Logistics West Africa exhibition (LWA) is the largest logistics event of its kind in West Africa and brings exhibiting companies offering logistical solutions together with major private companies cross industry and across West Africa. There is no other platform where companies looking to expand their business in the region have the opportunity to showcase their products, services and solutions to 100’s of senior delegates and 1000’s of industry professionals under one roof in just two days. After a successful event last year Logistics West Africa 2012 is set to be an even bigger success. With many exhibition stands and sponsorship packages already secured the event is set to grow in size and stature.

Careers in Africa London Summit

Careers in Africa is an international recruitment consultancy that specialises in recruiting high-calibre, internationally-based African candidates back into jobs within their home countries.

At the upcoming Careers in Africa London Summit to be held on 19-21 October 2012 participants can expect:
Unique access to key decision makers at this exclusive invitation-only event.
Pre-scheduled interviews with leading companies and multinationals.
Exclusive access to senior delegates to arrange ‘on-the-spot’ interviews.
Company presentations, round table discussions and workshops.
Skills Training Sessions.
A unique opportunity to network with other graduates and professionals from around the world.

Careers in Africa Recruitment Summits are held across Europe, Canada, the US and Africa, and enable a consortium of leading companies to interview pre-selected candidates, ranging from graduates and early-career professionals to mid-career talent.