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[Africa Industrialization Day 2020 in Japan] "Africa’s Horizon from COVID-19: Business Opportunities to Build Back Better" on 20 November (Online Seminar)

[Africa Industrialization Day 2020 in Japan] "Africa’s Horizon from COVID-19: Business Opportunities to Build Back Better" on 20 November (Online Seminar)

The pandemic of COVID-19 brought huge impact on economic activities in Africa. In responding to this crisis, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo, JETRO, JICA and UNDP will jointly organize this online seminar “Africa Business Seminar to build back better from COVID-19” on 20 November, to introduce business investment opportunities in Africa to Japanese potential investors from macro and micro perspective.

The seminar consists of two sessions; the first session is to showcase opportunities for investment/business across the continent, by inviting African business leaders and a representative from regional economic community. The second session is to discuss rising business models under the new normal and how business can be more resilient and sustainable in Africa, by inviting two African and two Japanese companies challenging such new business opportunities on the ground.  

November 20 was decided to be designated as “Africa Industrialization Day” in the resolution of the UN General Assembly in 1989, and B2B business matching organized by UNIDO ITPO Tokyo will also be available on the same platform as the seminar for those who register this seminar. 


Date:    Friday, 20th November 2020
Time:  16:00-19:00 (JST)
Language: Japanese/English/French (Simultaneous interpretation provided)
Registration fee:  Free of charge
MC: Dr. Yuko Yasunaga, Head, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo
Registration: Please click here to participate.
*An email message will reach you to set up an account for the platform within 2-3 days after the registration. Please send us a message at “Contact for inquiries” if you do not receive an e-mail.


Programme (tentative)

16:00 Opening remarks

Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa

Session I: Foresight on Investment/Business Opportunities with the impact of COVID-19

Dr. Edem Adzogenu, Founder, AfroChampions
Ms. Providence Mavumbi, Director Industry and Agriculture, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Hasimboahangy Andrianainarivelo, President of AEMAJA, Madagascar Japan Economic Association
Dr. Oussouby Sacko, President of Kyoto Seika University in Japan
JETRO: Dr. Katsumi Hirano, Executive Senior Research Fellow, IDE-JETRO
JICA: Mr. Ryuichi Kato, Vice President
UNDP: Mr. Luc Gregoire, Resident Representative, UNDP Guinea
UNIDO: Mr. Victor Djemba, Chief of Africa Regional Division

17:35 Session IIResilient Business Models and Cases accelerated by the impact of COVID-19

Mr. Timothy Mugume, Country Manager, JUMIA Uganda 
Mr. Adebayo Alonge, CEO, Rxall
Mr. Koichi Sato, President, TUMIQUI JAPON (Senegal)
Mr. Shuhei Noguchi, Global Business Department, Terradrone Japan
Mr. Naonobu Fuwa, JICA Startup Ecosystem Expert
―JETRO: Mr. Osamu Kubota, Executive Vice President
―JICA: Mr. Koji Makino, Director General, Economic Development Department
―UNDP: Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, Resident Representative, UNDP Equatorial Guinea
―UNIDO: Dr. Yuko Yasunaga, Head, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo  

19:00 Closing Remarks
  African Diplomatic Corps (ADC)


Contact for inquiries

  Mr. Murakami / Ms. Onozaki, UNIDO ITPO Tokyo