8th September 2020
Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi



5th September 2019

Registration and coffee
Chairman’s opening remarks
Presentation: Understanding Kenya’s monetary policy and capital market development
  • Interest rate cap: the original decision, where we are today and desired outcome for the future?
  • Innovation in the capital markets: what will follow the mobile bond – green bonds, sukuk?
  • Strategy in the international and local capital markets – where, how and when can the market expect Kenya to issue?
Outlook 2019/2020: Assessing macro-economic factors impacting East Africa and evaluating Sovereign plans
  • Economy, policy, governance: What are the leadership visions for the East African states?
  • Political transitions, macroeconomic factors and commodity prices: Evaluating the impact on the economy and policy making
  • Analysing the drivers for success, growth trajectory and outlining expectations for Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda in 2019/20
What are the funding requirements of SMEs and where can funding be sourced?
  • Assessing the role and rise of non-traditional lenders – who are they, who are they looking to lend and where do SMEs fit?
  • Are private equity firms challenging conventional debt capital market providers in funding SME growth?
  • Which banks are able and willing to lend to SMEs and under what criteria will they lend?
  • Do SMEs need to look at formalising and improving governance practices to secure the funding they require?
Coffee and networking
The benefits of achieving regulatory harmonisation and good governance and its impact on developing the local capital markets
  • What benefits does (regulatory/policy/economic) harmonisation bring? What are the main challenges to this?
  • How are regulators in the region looking to bring about regulatory alignment and in which sectors – trade, listing, pension reform, currency etc.?
  • If regulators were to champion ease of listing as well as cross listing, what would be the subsequent impact on local capital markets?
  • Understanding the importance of ratings: from sovereign ratings to corporate ratings, local rating vs international
  • As Sovereigns continue to dominate issuance how can better harmonisation foster an environment for greater issuance from corporates and financial institutions?
Demystifying risk: What do financiers and investors need to understand to make them comfortable funding long term projects in the power and infrastructure sector?
  • Is it easier for corporates to source long-term funding for large-scale projects on their own balance sheet rather than the project’s?
  • What role can PPPs play in energy and infrastructure projects? What are the main barriers to PPPs?
  • Assessing the role of DFIs: crowding out commercial banks or valued partner? What are their investment criteria and what is their appetite for projects in East Africa?
  • How do ECAs make projects bankable? What are their criteria for selecting projects and what is their approval process?
FinTech/alternative lenders: A partner or a challenger to conventional banking?
  • How can FinTechs supplement traditional sources of credit financing?
  • What are the major developments in mobile banking?
  • What do alternative financiers offer that private banks do not?
  • Can mobile money platforms such as M-PESA be adapted for the corporate sector?
Networking Lunch
How are East Africa’s leading corporates financing CAPEX and commercial growth?
  • How much capital do corporates require to meet their funding needs?
  • External funding vs. cash flows: How and where are corporates sourcing funding?
  • What role does private credit play in funding strategies?
  • Traditional lenders vs non-traditional lenders: What are the key differences in funding options available
  • Managing FX and interest rate risk: What hedging tools are available to businesses?
Going green: Assessing the capacity of green bonds and loans to attract fresh pools of liquidity to East Africa’s capital markets
  • Green vs. conventional: What additional benefits do green bonds and loans offer over conventional forms of financing?
  • How can the benefits of green bonds and loans be qualified and quantified to potential investors and issuers?
  • How do ESG concerns influence the funding strategies of East Africa issuers and borrowers?
  • What are the regulatory requirements for issuing green instruments? How is the regulatory environment adapting to facilitate issuance?
  • Post-issuance: Ongoing report and demonstrating effective use of proceeds
Chairman’s closing remarks followed by networking reception

17th September 2019

BY INVITATION ONLY: East African Investor Breakfast Roundtable: Energy & Infrastructure
    • How can institutional investors form consortiums in order to finance infrastructure and energy projects?
    • What opportunities does the growth of private equity in East Africa offer?
    • Can DFIs work with local pension funds to attract long-term investment to fund projects?
    • Which assets under what criteria do (risk averse) institutional investors need understand in order to invest?
    • Do regulatory and legal stipulations encourage or deter local pension funds to invest in long-term projects?