The Future of Zimbabwe Summit

Venue: Hyatt Regency

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Sep 16, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 16, 2010
Registration Date: Sep 16, 2010
Early Registration Date: Jul 23, 2010
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Zimbabwe’s impoverished economy has enormous growth potential in the long term. The country has abundant natural resources and still has relatively strong infrastructure, although the latter is in need of repair. But today the country faces extensive poverty and malnutrition, as well as serious political risks. Investor enthusiasm about the power-sharing government has ebbed.

When will the country be ready for a real recovery? Will Zimbabwe be a business hotspot in five years’ time, or will it take far longer? What are the prospects for reversing the brain drain?

This high-level, one-day conference will offer a frank assessment from business leaders, Economist Group analysts, representatives of diaspora organisations and diplomats from a range of different viewpoints.

08.30: Registration and refreshments

09.00: Chairman’s welcome
Adam Roberts, News Editor, The Economist

09.05: The Economist Group briefing: scenarios for Zimbabwe
Xan Smiley, Middle East and Africa Editor, The Economist
Pratibha Thaker, Africa Director, The Economist Intelligence Unit

- The future of the power-sharing government
- What current policies are likely to mean for future economic development
- Key players: the roles of South Africa, China and the UK
- When will Zimbabwe be rebuilt? How long will the brain drain last?
- The structure of the economy and the potential for future development
- Are there relevant case studies from elsewhere in Africa?

09.45: Keynote address

10.45: Refreshment break

11.05: The long-term outlook for Zimbabwe: reconstruction and risks

- What is the timeline for economic recovery?
- Assessing the country's reconstruction needs
- Potential in key sectors: mining, agriculture, tourism
- When will there be significant new FDI beyond the mining sector?
- Zimbabwe's future role in the southern African economy

Panellists include:
July Ndlovu, Chairperson Unki & Executive Head Processing, Anglo Platinum
Admassu Tadesse, Executive Vice President, Development Bank of Southern Africa

12.05: Human capital and the brain drain

- How severe has the brain drain been and is there any realistic prospect of reversal?
- What role can the Zimbabwean diaspora play in rebuilding the country and developing local capacities?
- Will foreign investment help to develop Zimbabwe's human resources—and when is the right time?

Panellists include:
John Legat, Managing Director, Imara Asset Management

13.00: Lunch

14.00: Agriculture and food security

- Repairing the agricultural sector; what needs to change?
- Balancing urban and rural food provision; the roles of aid agencies and the private sector
- The future of land policy and property rights
- Dealing with drought and climate change
- How could Zimbabwe become a breadbasket again?
- Should Zimbabwe grow GM crops for export to markets like Brazil and China?

Panellists include:
Carlman Moyo, Regional Director SSA, DuPont de Nemours International
Professor Sam Moyo, African Institute for Agrarian Studies

15.00: South Africa's relations with Zimbabwe

- How are relations changing under President Jacob Zuma?
- Does South Africa benefit from Zimbabwe's problems?
- South African investment in Zimbabwe: trends, impact and challenges
- Assessing the impact of Zimbabwean migrants on South Africa's economy—and what this means for bilateral relations
- Farm seizures and the implications for the bilateral investment treaty

Panellists include:
Heidi Holland, Journalist and author of Dinner with Mugabe
Sabelo Ndlovu, Analyst, South African Institute of International Affairs, Witwatersrand University

16.00: Refreshment break

16.20: The ethics of investment: is it the time right to invest in Zimbabwe?

- What are the ethical issues around investing in Zimbabwe?
- Are foreign businesses doing more harm than good?
- Do targeted sanctions have any impact on the economy or is this just a red herring?
- Reputational risk, corruption and compliance

Panellists include:
Tawanda Nyambirai, Group Chief Executive, TN Holdings

17.20: Q&A with Zimbabwean Government Ministers
Elton Mangoma, Minister of Economic Planning

18.30: Chairman's closing remarks

Please note that the programme is subject to speaker, session and timing changes. Please continue to check The Economist Conferences website for the latest agenda - Thank you.


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