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AFCHAM LAGARDERE

The Lagardere-CAF-AFCHAM Workshop

Lagardere Afcham workshop

Lagardere Afcham workshop in Shanghai.Workshop on The Passion and unlimited opportunities of African Football in Shanghai. organized By Lagardere, the Confederation of African Football , AFCHAM

The Passion and Unlimited Opportunities of African Football


Date: Monday, 12th February 2018 at 2: 00 - 5: 00 pm
Venue: 5F, Building D, Orient International Mansion, 85 LouShanGuan Road, ChangNing District, Shanghai

Event Description

Africa is the second largest continent in the world, with a population of over 1.1 billion, second to Asia and will grow up to over 2 billion in the next 30 years. In the past decade, the middle-class in Africa increased 60%, while 27 countries in this continent are already ranked as middle-income countries. This number will increase to 40 by 2025. Africa has become the perfect spot for market exploration and investments. Football, the most fascinating sport in Africa, has attracted millions of fans across the continent, with their love for the sport deeply rooted since childhood, which makes football the best way to open the market in Africa. Mr. Idriss Akki, will be giving a talk on the Development of Football in Africa – major events, football clubs, players and developing business in the African Market via football.

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Idriss Akki, President of Lagardère Sports' football business in Africa. Since 1994, Mr. Idriss Akki has been responsible for the development of sponsorship and media rights for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) all over the world in Lagardère Sports. And he was named one of the most influential persons in African football by French Football magazine in 2015. Mr. Idriss Akki is recognized for the significant contribution he has made to maintaining Lagardère Sports’s leading position in African football and under his leadership, Lagardère Sports is committed to keeping its collaboration by working hand in hand with CAF for the promotion of African football around the world.

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237FORUM

237FORUM est un cabinet d’études et d’ingénierie constitué et enregistré dont le siège social est à Yaoundé – Quartier hippodrome BP : 35251, désignée dans les présentes comme « 237FORUM ». MBARGA MIMBOE is a senior computer systems engineer, successively:
  • In 1983: Co-founder of the Bureau of Studies and Engineering, SIGMA-2000 in association with STERIA France;
  • 14 years, Six International Ltd (Belgian Holding company in the construction of buildings, infrastructures, environmental and industrial projects), IT manager in several countries: Cameroon, Belgium, United-Arab-Emirates, Botswana, Mauritius, Rep. of South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville;
  • 5 years, Advisor to the Rector of the Catholic University of Central Africa, for questions related to computer science and ICT and co-founder (in 2003) of the Bureau of Studies and Engineering CAMERRON-PARTNERS;
  • 5 years Head of Department of the Treatment of Data and Publications of the Central Office of Censuses and Population Studies (BUCREP) in Cameroon - In 2007, official in charge the recovery of the data of the censuses of 1976 and 1980 of Cameroon Republic at the University of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia - USA;
  • Since 2009, administrator of humanitarian projects of the Lions Clubs International in Cameroon for eye health and Senior Consultant for studies and business engineering. Co-editor of the Municipal Development Plan and official in charge of the follow-up of the realization and integration of socio-economic projects of the Yaoundé-7 district;
  • Co-founder, in 2016, of the business Consulting and Engineering Firm 237Forum.
 
MBARGA MBALLA is a graduate of the Advanced School of Economics and Business Administration (ESSEC) - University of Douala, Paris based school of economic warfare (École de Guerre Économique - EGE). He is also holder of a certificate of the Harvard School of Government Executive Education in Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies. Successively:
  • 4 years, as from 1985, at the Cameroon national urban transport corporation as financial analyst;
  • 3 years with the Hilton International Group as the financial controller of the Yaoundé Hilton International Hotel, with the responsibility of coordinating and overseeing company accounts and reporting to the Area Controller in Paris, and the Treasurer in New York;
  • 3 years as auditor in Mobil Oil North and West Africa Cluster, covering all central African affiliates and DR-Congo;
  • 4 years as Senior Auditor in Okalla Ahanda & Associés audit and consulting firm covering assignments in Central and West Africa including Sao-Tomé & Principe and Cabo Verde;
  • In Year2000, Co-Founder BEST INTERNATIONAL consulting firm which provides professional advisory services to public and privates businesses;
  • Co-Founder in 2016 of the business Consulting and Engineering Firm 237Forum.

Norbert AMOUGOU MEZANG has a Degree in Private Law from the University of Yaoundé, graduated from the Medium Cycle of the Yaoundé International Institute of Insurance (IIA), successively:
  • 7 years as Director of production insurance in the SEDGWICK JAMES group in Cameroon;
  • 15 years as Production Manager, Internal auditor of the SAAR network responsible for checking premiums and reconciliations of payments to the company and then Director of General Insurance Agency at SAAR-Cameroon;
  • 6 years Member of the National Assembly of Cameroon, 8th Member of the commission of Foreign Affairs and deputy coordinator of the network of AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
  • Co-founder, in 2016, of the business Consulting and Engineering Firm 237Forum.
 

Global job opportunities for international graduates in China

AFCHAM, FESCO ADECCO and The World Bank Group present Global Job Opportunities for International Students in China. The event took place on Friday June 2nd in the popular conference room of Octave – an all-inclusive events venue located downtown Shanghai. Over 40 attendees from 23nationalities, all postgraduate degree holders in various fields were drawn into in-depth analyses on career choice and development by experienced professionals from the three organizations that brought the event to bear.
Fabrice Faure from Fesco Adecco
At exactly 2.30pm the event moderator from AFCHAM, Miss Neyet Mehari gave the opening word, introduced the key speakers and led a session of self-introduction during which participants got to know their peers better. She stressed that the overall objective of the event was to give attendees the opportunity to see how they could proceed in life after their rich academic achievements. Taking over the floor, the Chairperson of The African Chamber of Commerce, D. Nkwetato Tamonkia, spoke on the topic Academic Certificates and Career Paths. He empathized with the scholars present regarding the difficulties of pinning down a decent career worth the many years of studies invested. He gave valuable tips on how to choose a career path from 16 career clusters and explained how AFCHAM could serve as a springboard to graduates targeting international organizations. Mr. Fabrice Faure, a senior executive in one of the biggest human resources company in the world, FESCO ADECCO, followed with an insight on the job market in China. Illustrating with the latest facts and figures from the industry, he revealed that in spite of the high number of graduates in China, there was still a lack of qualified and skilled graduates in many well-paid positions. He encouraged the graduates present to fine-tune their CVs, target jobs carefully, stay determined, confident and give their best whenever given the opportunity. A short coffee break ensued in the form of a networking session. Business cards exchanged hands and participants chatted around making new friends while savoring some delicious food and drinks that had been prepared for the occasion. The delegation from The World Bank that had just arrived got their presentation ready as the second part of the event started. The World Bank Group’s Talent Acquisition Manager, Dr. Geremie Sawadogo took to the floor. He introduced himself, lauded all the efforts that had been put into the organization of the event, presented his delegation and gave an overview of The World Bank. Drawing from his own experience in searching for a job after finishing his studies, he gave the audience much hope by explaining the kind of mindset needed for those targeting international organizations. He then let his colleagues to present in details, other branches and services of The World Bank that were equally very open to qualified graduates with the right skills and mindset.
Afcham Global job opportunities for international graduates in China
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Senior Human Resources Business Partner for East Asia and the Pacific, Dr. Sophia Cho added more specifications on how to get to work in organizations like The World Bank, also drawing from her own personal experience. Ms. Natalya Kuznetsova, in charge of recruitments explained in details how internships were organized within divisions of The World Bank Group including valuable tips for persons hoping to become interns while Mr. Yizheng Lou, an Investment Officer from the IFC Beijing office, threw more light on the role of their office in relation to investment projects. There was a moderated question and answer session at the end of the event to allow participants to get more information and clarifications on issues they had in mind. As the doors of the conference room at Octave closed for the evening everyone expressed much gratitude to team AFCHAM led by John Belinga, Neyet Mehari, Jihane Jdaa, Rukto and collaborators for a successful and enriching event and in return were promised more events of the same nature. AFCHAM News Flash Shanghai, June 7th 2017.

Beijing Hosts AFCHAM’s 1st Conference on African Growth and Opportunities

The conference, the first of its kind, took place on Wednesday November 30th 2016 in Novotel, Wangfujing in the heart of Beijing. Dignitaries attending the conference included diplomats from embassies of African countries in China such as Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Benin, Rwanda and South Sudan. Mr. Dee Zhang, international department deputy director, represented the China-Africa Industrial Forum and China WTO Africa Affairs Committee. Vice president Tian Wenhui represented the China-Asia Economic Development Association. CEOs of companies doing business in Africa, leaders of governmental and non-governmental organizations in China working in Sino-African relations, young entrepreneurs, researchers as well media personnel, in 5hours, examined issues regarding business and development in Africa from three perspectives; agribusiness, urban infrastructure and energy.   The African Chamber of Commerce (AFCHAM) organized the conference as a first of a series of upcoming conferences aimed at gathering stakeholders in Africa’s booming construction industry. Opening the conference, AFCHAM’s sitting chairperson D. Nkwetato Tamonkia delivered a speech in which he emphasized mainly on the need for all plans on the development of Africa to involve Africans. He frowned on policies made for Africa outside the continent without the participation of Africans. “Build with Africans” He put it in short. He called on companies doing business in Africa to “grab but grab with care, care for the environment, care for the underprivileged and care for social issues.” Among other things, he announced the introduction of the AFCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility program to help companies and organizations have a more positive impact on the African society.   The conference moderator Mr. Daniel Ntui, chief strategist at AFCHAM, lauded the efforts and sacrifices attendees had made in order to be present at the conference. He introduced six keynote speakers who made presentations on six different topics: IMG_1423 Ms. Ada Shiferaw, the first keynote speaker from Ethiopia, talked about the abundant opportunities for business and growth in agribusiness in Africa. Drawing from her experience working with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Mechanization Sciences, she presented stunning facts and figures showing fertile areas for investment in the sector.   The next keynote speaker was an experienced South African agro-business entrepreneur Mr. Buyambo Mantashe who elaborated on some of the points that had been raised by the previous speaker and drew particular attention to investment opportunities in South Africa. He highlighted recent measures taken by the South African government to facilitate the growth of the agribusiness sector. He pledged his availability and unconditional support for any projects investors had in mind for Africa in general and South Africa in particular.   Architect Daan Roggeveen; founder of More Architecture took to the floor next, to share his research experiences on urbanization in China and Africa. The Dutchman juxtaposed urban growth in China with that of Africa using as case study, one of his projects, the ongoing Accra city expansion mega project, a project he hoped could become a point of reference for similar projects in future in Africa.   The next presentation was on the recently launched AFCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility program. The program was presented to participants at the conference by the duo Emily Yeates and Tova Levin from the United Kingdom and the United States respectively and both working at AFCHAM. The two young ladies explained the objectives and advantages of the program. They said the CSR rating system developed by AFCHAM would henceforth distinguish companies doing business in Africa while giving back to the society from companies only interested in exploiting resources without any care for the society. Many representatives of large companies at the conference immediately rushed to consult the paperwork for the CSR program that had been laid out prior to the conference.   The last segment of the conference had two keynote speakers. First, the Global Marketing Director of GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd Algerian-born Mr. Laid Sahraoui drilled the audience on the indispensability of energy, especially solar energy, to the development of Africa. He reproved the popular belief that solar energy was expensive and not affordable to the poor by illustrating how cheap, available and easy to set-up the technology had become. He presented small, medium and large-scale quick plug-and-play solar energy solutions which he believed could go a long way to curb frequent outages in Africa as well as provide off-grid, remote and or enclave areas with energy while saving cost as the case is in Northern African countries.   The last keynote speaker for the day was the founder and Managing Director of SIVECO China, Mr. Bruno Lhopiteau. The Frenchman drew from his 18-year experience in maintenance consultancy to show the disparate approaches in construction by Chinese and Western construction companies while pointing out the merits and demerits of both approaches. Stressing on the importance of ensuring the sustainability of infrastructure, he outlined the fact that many countries in Africa allow construction companies to engage in multi-million dollar projects without taking into consideration this aspect only to find out later that more money needs to be spent on huge repairs or entire malfunctioning facilities need to be abandoned.   The quality of questions participants asked at the end of each presentation was good proof of how enriching and enlightening the conference had been. As the conference came to an end, participants, eager to mingle and socialize with other participants were seen shaking hands, hugging and exchanging business cards while the stage was cleared for souvenir picture poses in front of the backdrop with AFCHAM partners, member companies and sponsors.   The after conference party was an exquisite inter-continental buffet style dinner at the VIP dining section of the hotel which lasted until late. Big thumbs up to team AFCHAM as absentees itch for the second conference which sources close to AFCHAM management say will likely be coming up early in 2017.