Africa Confidential



Conference opening

0900: Formal welcome and introductions

Bryan Pearson, Managing Director, Africa Confidential

David Church, DLA Piper

Dr Desire Sibanda, Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Investment and Macro-Economic Planning, Zimbabwe

0905: A preview of the agenda for the day.

Patrick Smith, Editor, Africa Confidential and founding editor of The Africa Report

Session One

0910: Keynote One: The new economic dispensation

Dr Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Finance, Government of Zimbabwe

0925: Panel discussion moderated by Patrick Smith with:

Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

Caleb Dengu, CDF Trust and Consulting, Harare

Nick Norbrook, Editor, The Africa Report

Dr Patrick Chinamasa, Finance Minister

Questions from delegates

1020: Coffee Break and networking

Session Two

1050: Keynote Two: Mechanics and implications of the new deal with the International Financial Institutions

Zimbabwe Reserve Bank Governor Dr John Mangudya explains the process of settling Zimbabwe’s arrears to the IFIs and the next steps in the coming months. What will be the implications on monetary policy and the financial sector of the refinancing deal with the African Development Bank, the IMF and the World Bank? What measures is the Reserve Bank taking to manage the multi-currency regime together with the expansion of mobile and plastic money? What are the financial risks in the year ahead?

1105: Panel discussion moderated by Dr Knox Chitiyo of Chatham House

Christian Beddies, IMF Country Representative, Harare (tbc)

Dzika Danha, Executive Director, IH Group, Harare

Dr Judith Tyson, Oversees Development Institute

Dr Patrick Chinamasa, Finance Minister

Dr John Mangudya, Governor, Reserve Bank

Questions from delegates

Session Three

1135: Keynote Three: Governance and the political landscape

Tendai Biti, former Finance Minister: What are the priorities ahead of the next elections?

1150: Panel discussion chaired by Patrick Smith looking at the perceived priorities, plus political and constitutional changes that may be needed to relaunch the economy? What mechanisms for accountability and transparency?

Tendai Biti,

Dr Knox Chitiyo, Chatham House, London

Dr Martin Rupiah, Executive Director, The African Public Policy & Research Institute

Prof Alex Magaisa, University of Kent

Questions from delegates

1230: Lunch and Networking

Session Four

1400: Regional and International relations: Diplomacy and finance

Panel discussion moderated by Patrick Smith

Comfort Ero, International Crisis Group

Professor Stephen Chan, UCL, London

Douglas Chikohora: CEO, Cluff Africa Associates Ltd

Questions from delegates

Session Five

1440: Ministerial briefings

Followed by an expanded panel for broader discussion, moderated by Bryan Pearson

Dr Mike Bimha, Minister of Industry and Commerce

Beatrice Mtetwa, Director of International Trade, Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Questions from delegates

1520: Companies, capital, and land: strategies for rejuvenation

Reserve Bank Governor Dr John Mangudya

Mr Busisa Moyo, President, Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries

Dzika Danha, Executive Director, IH Group, Harare

David Lamb, Principal, The Cheverell Partnership

Caleb Dengu, CDF Trust and Consulting, Harare

Questions from delegates

1615: Break and networking

Session Six

1645: Rebuilding Zimbabwe: the priorities and prospects

Panel discussion moderated by Patrick Smith

Dr Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Finance, Government of Zimbabwe

Dr Knox Chitiyo, Chatham House

Farai Sevenzo, journalist and film maker

Petina Gappah, novelist and trade lawyer

Questions from delegates

1745: Final word. Patrick Smith, Editor and Publisher, Africa Confidential

1800: Reception until 1930