INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRY GROWTH, INVESTMENT AND COMPETITIVENESS IN AFRICA(IGICA) (IGICA'09)
|Event Date/Time: Jun 08, 2009||End Date/Time: Jun 10, 2009|
|Registration Date: Jun 07, 2009|
|Early Registration Date: Feb 28, 2009|
|Abstract Submission Date: Nov 27, 2008|
|Paper Submission Date: Mar 29, 2009|
IGICAâ€™09 International Conference is being established as the largest and most comprehensive knowledge transfer supported industry growth, investment and competitiveness event. Initiated through the support of UK Prime Ministerâ€™s Initiative Programme managed by the British Council, the acceleration of industrial growth through industry-knowledge base partnership development has resulted to the collaboration with various African Governments and organisations to organise the IGICA International Conference
IGICA focuses on the whole of Africa from a global economy perspective. It invokes the power of Private-Public Partnership as one of the means of fast-tracking commerce and industrial growth, investment and competitiveness through knowledge transfer and commercialisation of innovation in Africa. This is the type of partnership that British Council with number of African Countries and industries are spear heading through African Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme
The underpinning theme of the IGICAâ€™09 technical conference is Africaâ€™s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Commercialisations of innovation for Industrial growth, investment and competitiveness. IGICA theme will also build on the renewed emphasis nationally and internationally on entrepreneurship and investment in small, medium and large organisations. This theme has been carefully selected and aligned with the theme of the various African Industrial policy directions and vision unearthed through the UK Prime Ministerâ€™s Initiative funded programme of study and also it is inline with AU Summit in Abuja, which was on the Industrialization of Africa
IGICA addresses the acceleration of Global investment in new start-up business, small, medium and large organisations in Africa. This is supported by the stream of good news about Africaâ€™s economic performance which continues to increase with the release of the UNâ€™s report - The World Investment Report 2007: Foreign direct investment has doubled both as a result of growing interest in the continent and a supportive climate for investors. Foreign direct investment rose from US$ 18bn in 2004 to US$ 36bn in 2006. Prospects for Foreign direct investment into Africa continue to be positive because of the high global commodity prices as transitional corporations are taking advantage of good returns on investment. Africa as a whole is certainly becoming more integrated in to the global economy.
The extensive nature of the IGICA event, its innovative technical conference and international knowledge transfer private-public exhibition features presents an unprecedented opportunity for international industry, African industry, Higher education professionals and stakeholders to partner, benchmark, establish business deals, share knowledge and network, therefore strengthening the Continentâ€™s many and varied industry, educational and R&D initiatives and projects.
IGICA SPECIAL FEATURES
Pre and Post-conference workshops and meetings of major agencies, associations and initiatives
Buyer, Sellers and Partnership development meeting areas
Think-Tank Forum for Investment and Financing for Innovation Commercialisation of R&D Results and Entrepreneurs.
University-Industry Round Table entitled â€œCreating African Knowledge Transfer Network for Commerce and Industryâ€ Specialist Capacity development and training programme
Exhibition and demonstration areas for industry, Universities and R&D organisations
High-level Policy Makers, industry Leaders and Investors Round Table and Retreat entitled â€œAccelerating Public-Private Partnerships for Industry Growthâ€
African Manufacturerâ€™s Round Table, entitled â€œEstablishing Modern Infrastructure for Manufactureâ€.
Networking sessions, including One-on-One Business Match Making Session