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The Big Local Content Debate

Event Details

The Big Local Content Debate

Time: June 20, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Clyde & Co
Street: Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph St
City/Town: London EC3A 7NJ
Website or Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps…
Event Type: debate, networking
Organized By: William Pollen
Latest Activity: Jun 17, 2016

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Event Description

The Big Local Content Debate

The statement: This house believes that local content legislation in Africa has failed to deliver on its promises

This debate offers the opportunity to hear from senior figures who are dealing with local content challenges every day as well as leading policy makers who both set the framework and expect to see progress on  Local Content.

Local content legislation is in place or being debated in more than 20 African countries and has been around in some markets for over 40 years. Now more than ever the right approach to Local Content has severe implications across your business, especially the bottom line.

Businesses operating in Africa today, across sectors, are constantly battling to strike the right balance between the need to source more locally - whilst building capacity and creating jobs - with the commercial challenges of running a business. Getting this right will often decide your ability to operate profitably over the long run, but there is no proven model.

Which is why it remains important that lessons learned are shared, local content policy is understood and the way forward is agreed.

Our team of expert panellists will lend their considerable knowledge and experience to addressing this timely question, marshalled by the Editor of African Business, Lanre Akinola. We also invite you to contribute to ensure that all opinions and viewpoints are considered.

Our panellists include:

Rosalind Kainyah, Founder & CEO, Kina Advisory 

Sandy Stash, VP Sustainability, External Affairs and Safety, Tullow Oil

Peter Kasanda, Partner, Clyde & Co.

Neema Lugangira,Ag. Director of Local Content for Tanzania

Dr Michael Warner, Director & Founder, Local Content Solutions

With spaces limited, please RSVP by June 1st to secure your place.


Arrival & networking 18:00-18:30

Introduction from IIA 18:30-18:35

Moderator introduces the debate 18:35-18:40

First presentation from 'For' panellists 18:40-18:50

First presentation from 'Against' panellists 18:50-19:00

Q&A 19:00-19:15

Second presentation from 'For' panellists 19:15-19:25

Second presentation from 'Against' panellists 19:25-19:35

Q&A 19:35-19:50

Moderator concludes 19:50-20:00

Networking  20:00-20:30

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Comment by Colin Tinto on June 17, 2016 at 8:40
Local content laws may help diversify the benefits of extractive activities within a local economy, but they must be accompanied by beneficial ownership transparency. Without this, they risk facilitating nepotism and corruption, giving legal cover to awards of lucrative contracts and licence interests to companies controlled by the political elite.

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