We are delighted to launch our HSF Africa Week to mark the annual celebration of Africa Day on 25 May. Over the course of the week we will be bringing together African specialists and commentators to discuss critical issues and key trends across the continent, including energy transition, digitalisation, ESG, funding sources and intra-continental trade.

For further details of speakers and the topics to be covered in each of the panel discussions, click on the links below and register to join one or more of the events.

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Monday 24 May

Panel discussion: African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

Peter Leon will be joined by H.E Wamkele Mene – Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat and a panel of specialists to discuss the role the AfCFTA can play for the development of the African continent and the opportunities for businesses and investors.

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Tuesday 25 May – Africa Day

Panel discussion: The Future of Africa’s Energy Transition

Journalist and BBC presenter, Lerato Mbele will moderate a panel with members of our Africa energy and infrastructure team including Martin Kavanagh, Brigette Baillie, Rebecca Major, Paul Morton and clients to discuss aspects of Africa’s energy transition.

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Wednesday 26 May

Panel discussion in French: Afrique libre-échange : intégration régionale et partenariats économiques (co-hosted by HSF Paris and AFJE)

Bertrand Montembault and Laurence Franc-Menget will moderate a panel discussion Stéphane Aka-Anghui (Directeur exécutif de la Confédération Générale des Entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire, Ancien directeur adjoint de cabinet au ministère de l’Intégration africaine et des Ivoiriens de l’étranger), Mouhamed Kebe (Associé-gérant, Projets & Arbitrage, Geni & Kebe Lawyers), Viwanou Gnassounou (Consultant en politique de développement, VR Advisors / Val Regius, Ancien Secrétaire général adjoint et Sous-secrétaire général, Groupe des États d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique) and Komi Tsowou (Economiste, Commission des Nations Unies sur le Commerce et le Développement, Responsable des affaires économiques, Centre africain pour la politique commerciale de la Commission économique pour l’Afrique des Nations Unies)

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Thursday 27 May

Panel discussion: Digital Transformation in Africa

Journalist and BBC presenter, Lerato Mbele will moderate a panel discussion with members of our digital law team, Martin Hevey, Alexandra Neri and Rohan Isaacs to highlight the digitalisation trends that are developing across Africa.

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Friday 28 May

  • ESG focused panel discussion (pre-recorded panel discussion which will be released on the HSF Africa Notes blog on 28 May)
  • India’s interest in Africa (pre-recorded interview which will be released on the HSF Africa Notes blog on 28 May)