The event, which will provide insights into project financing in Africa, will focus on different sectors of the economy including Power, Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Transport, among others.
According to Mr. Lere Fashola, CEO, Legal Blitz, organisers of the summit, the project, which is being supported by Africa Finance Corporation as well as law firm of Banwo & Ighodalo, was conceived to practically assist stakeholders in moving project initiatives forward across the continent.
Speakers expected at this event include the Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria Dr. Kingsley Moghalu and his Ghanaian counterpart, who would both deliver the keynote addresses, Mr Ousmane Dore, Resident Representative, African Development Bank Ltd., Mr. Kayode Opeifa- Honourable Commissioner ,Ministry of Transportation, Lagos State, Mr. Goodie Ibru, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. J.A.M. Ohiani, General Counsel, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (Nigeria) and Mr. Parks Tafa, Chairman Stanbic Bank, Botswana.
Other confirmed speakers are Dr. Layi Fatona – Managing Director, Niger Delta Exploration and Production Company Ltd, Kem Ihenacho and Edmund Boyo, Partners, Clifford Chance UK, Mr Daniel Sasegbon, General Counsel, AFREN, Nigeria, Mr Karim Atiq Anjarwalla, Managing Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Dafe Oraka, Head, Structured Finance Division at BGL Plc amongst others.
While giving details of the ESQ summit, Fashola stated that the summit will take a critical review of different near-term or completed projects across Africa, recent legal and legislative developments in difference countries as well as the challenges of the bidding process in the electrical and power sectors, Governmental promotion of infrastructure development projects.
Other areas the summit is expected to focus on are renewable energy as the new frontier, public/political attitudes towards private investments, collateral structuring, commercial bank views - financing covenant package and conditions precedent to borrowing, among others.
Fashola further stressed that the conference would provide real-time market intelligence from industry leaders, including the key off-takers/regulators from across Africa, extensive networking opportunities with the leading decision-makers in the African and international market, expert insight into the important issues affecting projects now, including bond-financing etc., winning strategies to manage infrastructure project finance and current developments on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and a wide range of critical issues during the panel discussions.
Key topics of the summit include: Legal issues in international project financing, Challenges of project financing under the Nigerian Laws, Regulatory hurdles faced in developing the project, Assembling an effective collateral package, Analysing and allocating project risks.
Other topics include: Applying the concept of bankability to project contracts, Identifying typical provisions in international construction contracts, examining operation and maintenance contracts, and understanding the financing agreements.
Delegates will also take part in intensive workshops focusing on key project finance issues and successful negotiation techniques based on real life and hypothetical cases involving
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