The UK-Francophone West and Central Africa Trade and Investment Forum is a major intergovernmental and private sector summit.

Key Event Information


We understand from the Home Office that applications can take up to eight weeks, if your application is already underway, we ask that you let us know your processing number so that we can alert the issuing authority and make efforts to ensure it is prioritised.
Information issued by the UK Government concerning visas can be found here


Should you require flights to the UK, our official event carrier is Royal Air Maroc (RAM) who of course have a service to Côte d’Ivoire via Casablanca. On how to apply for discounted travel, please see the information below directly from RAM:
‘The discount granted to the delegates by RAM varies between 5 and 15% on the economy fare available at the time of booking and 20% in Business class. The attendees must send an email to Leila Moossun in order to make a reservation. Applicants should cc and Once confirmed, the tickets will be issued within 24 hours.’

Hotels and event venue

The event venue is the Merchant Taylors’ Hall. The address is below and it is located
in the heart of the City, next to the Bank of England.
Merchant Taylors’ Hall
30 Threadneedle Street,
London EC2R 8JB
020 4511 6285


Option 1: Club Quarters Hotels
– Club Quarters London City
Address: 7 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V ODR
Phone number: +44 (0) 20 7666 1620
– Club Quarters St Pauls
Address: 24 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7DR
Phone number: +44 (0) 20 7651 2200
Option 2: Hotel Threadneedles
(This hotel is a 1 minute walk away from Merchant Taylors Hall)
Address: 5 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY
Phone number: +44 (0) 20 7657 8080
Option 3: Premier Inn Hotels London
These are perfectly agreeable budget options and, if booked early, can be less that £100/night.
Please click through the links below for more information on each hotel. There is achoice of:
– Leicester Square
– Waterloo
– County Hall
– Blackfriars
– Holborn
– Southwark
Should these options not work, the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce has a further selection of offers. They can be reached on:
Please note that the rooms are subject to availability and will need a credit card to hold.


We are very keen to help with speeches which, with the very tight programme, are limited to 8-10 minutes each presentation.
Your Chair will make a short introduction to you and invite you to speak, from your chair, or from the platform, as you wish. Your speech may be in either English or French as there will be simultaneous interpretation throughout. At the end of speeches, your Chair will invite questions from the audience in a Davos-style Q&A. If you are able to present your speech to DMA by Monday, 3rd October, we will ensure that speeches have as little overlap as possible and will help style speeches to the audience should you wish.

PowerPoint, help in translation

Whereas it is fine for the speech to be delivered in either language, we ask that the PowerPoint be delivered in English. We suggest a maximum of eight slides and will provide a PowerPoint template for you to use by Monday, 19th September. We would be delighted to assist in translation should you wish and would be pleased to assist in finessing business English.

The portal

We are going to have a dedicated event Portal containing all information surrounding the event which will be live by Monday, 5th September. This portal will contain information on the event, the programme and the delegates. You may populate this with information, contact details, CEPICI connections and it is through this portal that you will receive meeting requests. We request that you upload a hi-res logo and country information here.

Exhibition area

We are offering each country a 2M by 3M exhibition area which we would suggest you have manned for the duration of the event and display suitable pop-up and printed material. Any assistance required in sourcing printers and organisations to help in the preparation of promotional materials can be found at:

Contact 27, Adagio point
London-SE8 3FH
+44(0)207 164 6874

On the ground services

Any assistance in cars, taxis, accommodation and ICT (including mobile phones) may be found at the above address and contact points too.

Extra-Curricular Event

VIP attendees for the event will have an opt-in/opt-out menu during the course of the event which will include:

The Opening of the London Stock Exchange

A private tour of the Houses of Parliament

A reception at the House of Lords

Meetings with All Party Parliamentary Groups

A visit to the City of London

Meetings with the Royal African Society

Business meetings at the offices of Standard Chartered Bank

Business meetings with London’s leading companies

Timings and event selection will be made available to you, as a VIP, on the event portal.

Follow on mission to country

We suggest that your Government is prepared for an outward trade mission to Côte d’Ivoire following the event and would suggest that such a trade mission is scheduled after the event in January/February 2023.

The programme for the mission would be created by DMA in conjunction with UKEF and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. It will also be kept flexible to accommodate the needs of the attending delegates.

In short, in order to arrange for a Trade Mission, DMA would request the following support:

– Government of Côte d’Ivoire to organise transport, security and venue for business meetings

– Government of Côte d’Ivoire to host a complementary reception for the mission delegation

– Government of Côte d’Ivoire to provide simultaneous interpretation.



08:00 – 09:00: Registration & Refreshments

09:00 – 09:15: Welcome Address & Opening Comments

  • Office of the Secretary of State, Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Samir Abhyankar, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity, British International Investment (BII)

09:15 – 09:30: Keynote Addresses

  • Tim Reid, Head of Business Group, UK Export Finance (UKEF)

09:30 – 10.30: The Unique Francophone Offer, Regional Economic Outlook and Investment Opportunities

Chair:  Laurence Robertson MP, Chairman, Westminster Africa Business Group (WABG)

  • Dr Mabouba Diagne, Vice President, ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)
  • Tinashe Makoni, General Counsel, Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) 
  • Steve Gray OBE, Regional Head, West Africa, UK Export Finance
  • Mirabell Mayack, Head of Governmental Affairs, African Investment Intelligence

Q&A Session

10:30 – 11:00: Refreshments Break

11:00 – 11:50: Insight into Benin and Cameroon and the UK Public and Private Offer




  • Chair: HM Ambassador Benin, Harriet Thompson
  • Chair: Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Cameroon, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP
  • Hon. Romuald Wadagni, Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development
  • Riham Mansour, Business Manager Infrastructure and Construction, UKEF
  • Simon Bunckenburg, Business Manager Infrastructure and Construction, UKEF
  • Mireille D’Oliveira Richards, Managing Director, Benin Connect
  • Brice Beumo, CEO, Beko Capital Advisory 
  • Dr Diane Acha-Morfaw, Board Chairperson, Cameroon Investment Promotion Agency (IPA)
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session


11:55 – 12:45:  Insight into Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon and the UK Public and Private Offer


Côte d’Ivoire


  • Chair: HM Ambassador to Côté d’Ivoire, Catherine Brooker
  • Chair: HM Ambassador to Gabon, Christian Dennys
  • Hon. Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce, Industry and SME Promotion
  • Professor Lee White, Minister of Environment
  • Akim Daouda, CEO, Gabonese Sovereign Wealth Fund

  • Michele Dee, Regional Head Africa and India, UKEF
  • Yasmine Siddiqi, Business Development Officer, UKEF
  • Kady Doumbia Coulibaly, President, Côté d’Ivoire Chamber of Commerce (CICCGB)
  • Igor Simard, Country Manager, Arise
  • Sarmad Lone, Regional Head, Client Coverage, AME, CCIB, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session

12:45 – 13:40: Networking Lunch/Food Security and Job Creation Networking Lunch

13:40 – 14:30: Insight into Guinea and Niger and the UK Public and Private Offer



  • Chair: HM Ambassador to Guinea, Guy Harrison
  • Chair: HM Ambassador to Niger, Catherine Inglehearn
  • Hon. Moussa Cisse, Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning
  • Hon. Dr Ahmat Jidoud, Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Alkache Alhada, Minister of Commerce
  • Ismael Nabe, Advisor to the Prime Minister in charge of Investments and Partnerships


  • Mr Moussa Sidi Mohamed, President, Niger Chamber of Commerce

  • Boris Medimorec, Senior Underwriter, UKEF
  • Caroline Healy, Strategy Policy and Climate Change, UKEF

  • Gerard Rheinberger, Managing Director, Simandou Project, Rio Tinto
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session

14:35 – 15:25: Insight into Senegal and Togo and the UK Public and Private Offer



  • Chair: HM Ambassador to Senegal, Juliette John
  • Chair: HM High Commissioner to Togo, Harriet Thompson
  • Dr Cheikh Kante, Minister of Plan, Senegal Emergent
  • Hon. Kodzo Adedje, Minister of Trade, Industry and Local Consumption
  • Sijd Diagne, Advisor to the Minister of Economy
  • Hon. Rose Mivedor, Minister of Investment Promotion
  • Adam Harris, Head of Civil, Infrastructure and Energy, UKEF
  • Carla Senatore, Senior Origination Officer Africa/Asia, UKEF
  • Paul Woodman, Managing Director, ASGC
  • Rodrigue Akue-Atsa, Advisor, Investment Attraction, Ministry of Investment Promotion
  • Sarangi, Sujithav, Executive Director, Project & Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Q&A Session
  • Q&A Session

15:25 – 15.45: Tea and Coffee Break

15:45 – 15:55: DIT’s Commitment to Francophone Africa

  • John Humphrey, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner to Africa, Department for International Trade

16:00 – 16:40: UK Expertise – Spotlights i.

Spotlight on Infrastructure 

Spotlight on Agriculture

  • Chair: Dr Nick Westcott, Director, Royal African Society

  • Elizabeth McCrory, Senior Export Finance Manager, UKEF

  • Sylvie Fekeram Wanogho, Finance Director, ERG International 

  • Nabil Saimi, Head of Business Development, InfraCo Africa

  • Chair: Lord Henry Bellingham, Former Minister for Africa 

  • Richard Hill, Export Finance Manager, UKEF

  • David Burton, Sector Director Agriculture – Africa, DIT

  • Hon. Antoine Lekpa Gbegbeni, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development, Togo

  • Cleber Guarany, Project Coordinator, FGV Europe

16:45 – 17:25: UK Expertise – Spotlights ii.

Spotlight on Energy

Spotlight on Blue Economy/Water

  • Chair: Michael Tchenga Wanchi, Country Director Cameroon, DIT
  • Alex Douglas, Managing Director, Business Development, Head of West Africa, Globeleq
  • Loic Ehua, Business Development Manager, Gridworks
  • Chris Antonopoulos, CEO, Lekela
  • Chair: Lauren McEvatt, Managing Director, Morpeth Consulting
  • Eddie Malone, Head of Water, DIT
  • Philip Foster, Founder and CEO, Aqua Africa
  • Uzi Sezer, General Coordinator, Water Infrastructure Projects, ERG International 
  • Lina Osman, Head, Sustainable Finance West, CCIB, Standard Chartered Bank

17:30 – 18.10: UK Expertise – Spotlights iii.

Spotlight on Financial Services

Spotlight on Health and Education

  • Chair: Atam Sandhu, CEO, DMA Invest
  • Sarah Russis, Global HEad of Sales, fDi Intelligence/FT
  • Tom Attenborough, Head of International Business Development, Primary Markets, Capital Markets, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)
  • David Aldridge, Country Director, Currency, De La Rue
  • Steve Gray OBE, Regional Head, West Africa, UKEF
  • Chair: Roger Martin, Advisory Board Member, DMA Invest
  • David Sheppard, Deputy Head of Healthcare: Infrastructure, Education and Training, DIT
  • Jonathan Ledger, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Specialist, International Education Team, DIT
  • Dr David Johnson, Academic Director, Planet One Group


18:15: Closing Ceremony and Gala Reception