Conference Schedule

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  • Wed June 27, 2018

    • 12:00pm - 6:00pm

      REGISTRATION

    • 6:30pm - 9:30pm

      OPENING CEREMONY AND DINNER

  • Thurs June 28, 2018

    • 8:00am - 6:00pm

      REGISTRATION

    • 9:00am - 11:00am

      SESSION 1 : Bringing down the Barriers: The law as a Vehicle for Intra-Africa Trade

      This Session will examine the raison de'tre for the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which seeks to progressively eliminate trade restrictions and transform the African economy.

    • 11:00am - 11:30am

      TEA BREAK

    • BREAK-OUT SESSION

    • 11:30am - 1:00pm

      SESSION 2A : Enabling E-commerce across the African Continent

      The panelists in this session will discuss how technology is rapidly changing and positively disrupting the trade and business landscape across Africa despite key challenges. The discussion will consider the prospect of E-commerce as a transformative tool for Intra-Africa trade

    • 11:30am - 1:00pm

      SESSION 2B : Continental Trade and the Imperative of Unimpeded Movement of Goods, Labour and Services.

      The success of the AfCFTA assumes that there will be minimal restrictions on the movement of goods, labour and services between African Countries. This session will consider the concerns of various stakeholders and the mitigating safeguards.

    • 1:00PM - 2:00PM

      LUNCH

    • BREAK-OUT SESSION

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      SESSION 3A : Enhancing Transport Connectivity in Africa

      Transport connectivity in Africa remains a weak pillar of support for continental trade. This session adopts a multi-modal approach to examine the state of air, road, rail and sea transportation in Africa and how it can be developed to be an indispensable spine for continental trade.

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      SESSION 3B : Marching in Lockstep - Building Sub-National Competitiveness For Global Investment

      States, provinces and other sub-national entities have a crucial role in scaling up their capacity to attract global investment. This session leads a conversation on how this sub-national entities can harness their competitive advantages.

    • 3:30pm - 4:00pm

      TEA BREAK

    • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

      SESSION 4 : AfCFTA And Transformative Industrialization in Nigeria

      This session will be headlined by the United Nations Economic Commision for Africa(UNECA) as it seeks to affirm and share the transformative potential of AfCTTA for the industrialization of Africa's largest economy - Nigeria

    • 7:30pm - 10:30pm

      SOCIAL EVENT

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  • Fri June 29, 2018

    • 6:00am - 5:00pm

      Registration

    • 9:00am - 11:00am

      SESSION 5 : Law Practice in the time of the Continental Free Trade Area: Re-imagining African Lawyers

      An evolving single African market places a demand on lawyers to interrogate their preparedness to match the unfolding business landscape in Africa. This session will explore the demands posed by the AfCFTA on African lawyers and how they can re-tool to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

    • 11:00am - 11:30am

      TEA BREAK

    • 11:30am - 1:00pm

      SESSION 6A : Standardizing Continental Regulations on Consumer Protection and Competition Law

      This session considers the imperative for instituting a standardized and effective regime for consumer protection and competition regulation across the continent.

    • 11:30am - 1:00pm

      SESSION 6B : Institutionalizing Reforms in the Ease of Doing Business in Africa

      This session will consider the uneven scorecard of progress recorded by African Countries in the World Bank's ease of doing business. It will stress the need for uniform progression by African Countries on the Indices of the Ease of doing business and the need for them to institutionalize the required reforms.

    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

      LUNCH

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      SESSION 7A : Establishing A Framework For Resolving Intra-African Commercial Disputes

      Despite conceptual differences in the various legal systems in Africa, this session considers the inevitability of a unified continental framework for dispute resolution between commercial entities.

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      SESSION 7B : Financing Intra - African Trade and Development

      For all the momentum towards Africa as a single trading bloc, trade, and business activities need massive financing. The session will examine how key stakeholders intend to rise to the demands of financing the expansion of Intra - African trade.

    • 3:30PM - 4:00PM

      TEA BREAK

    • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

      SESSION 8 | DEBATE SESSIONS

      1. Should Nigeria accede to African Continental Free Trade Area?

      2. Should Lawyers continue to self-regulate?

      3. Pupillage in law: Should it be mandatory?

      4. Should there be "Ladies" at the bar?

      Only a few things can spice up a gathering of lawyers better than a good argument; so it is that the debate tradition is sustained with a choice of topics which will showcase the ingenuity of counsel to sway their audience.