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(9/21) The Mauritius TICAD8 Official Side Event “Japan-Mauritius: Moving Africa Up the Value Chain”

(9/21) The Mauritius TICAD8 Official Side Event “Japan-Mauritius: Moving Africa Up the Value Chain”


Mr. Ferda Gelegen, Officer-in-Charge of UNIDO ITPO Tokyo, will be the speaker for The Mauritius TICAD8 Official Side Event “Japan-Mauritius: Moving Africa Up the Value Chain” on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.

The Economic Development Board (EDB) Mauritius is organizing an Official Side Event (Webinar) of the 8th Edition of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) themed “Japan-Mauritius: Moving Africa Up the Value Chain” from 15.30-17.30 (Japan Standard Time)/ 10.30-12.30 (Time in Mauritius) on Wednesday 21 September 2022 in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Mauritius, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Investment and Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO ITPO) Tokyo.

This TICAD8 Side Event will provide key insights Mauritius as a platform for Doing Business/ Investing in Africa. The representatives from the Mauritius private sector will also speak on opportunities in the Financial Services, Freeport, E-Commerce, ICT and Manufacturing sectors, and provide updates on “Doing Business/Investment Climate” in Mauritius.

The Webinar will be conducted on Microsoft Teams Platform in English and Japanese. Participation (Admission Fee) is free.

Date: Wednesday 21 September 2022
Time:   10.30-12.30 (Time in Mauritius) / 15.30-17.30 (Japan time)
Organizer:   Economic Development Board (EDB) Mauritius – Master of Ceremony Vinay Guddye, Director, Global Outreach, EDB
Language:   English & Japanese with the Simultaneous Interpretation
Format: Microsoft TEAMS


Time in Mauritius

10.30-10.35 Welcome Address – Sachin Mohabeer, Ag. Deputy Chief Executive Officer, EDB
10.35-10.40 Introductory Remarks – H.E. Shuichiro Kawaguchi, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Mauritius
10.40-11.00 Presentation – Vinay Guddye, Director, Global Outreach, EDB
11.00-11.30 Address

  • Kaori Tanaka, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Madagascar
  • Yoshiaki Ishihara, Head, Africa Regional Office, JETRO
  • Ferda Gelegen, Officer in Charge, UNIDO-ITPO Tokyo

11.30-12.15 Panel discussions
Moderator: Vinay Guddye

Panel 1- Opportunities in the Mauritius International Financial Centre
(Banking, Financial Services and Fintech)

  • Ashveen Gopee, Managing Partner, Lex Frontier
  • Mathieu Mandeng, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank (Mauritius) Limited
  • Sridhar Nagarajan, Regional Managing Director, IQEQ
  • Priscilla Balgobin-Bhoyrul, Barrister-at-Law, Dentons
  • Abdelwafi Atif, CEO, BCP Bank

Panel 2- Opportunities in the Mauritius Freeport, E-Commerce, ICT, Manufacturing Sectors

  • Dominique De Froberville, CEO, Mauritius Freeport Development
  • Stefan Sakoschek, CEO, Inspectforless
  • Devesh Dukhira, CEO, Mauritius Sugar Syndicate
  • Georges Wong Yick, Director, Lilmo Ltd

12.15-12.25 Q & A
12.25-12.30 Closing Remarks, Arvind Radhakrishna, Strategic Advisor, EDB

To confirm your participation in the Webinar, you are invited to register on the URL below at latest by noon (JST) on Monday 19th September 2022:

For further enquiry, please contact:

T: +81-(0)3-4360-8303/8304 | + 230 203 3373 | E:
Global Outreach
Economic Development Board Mauritius
10th Floor, One Cathedral Square Building, 16 Jules Koenig Street, Port Louis
Republic of Mauritius