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Registration Day: Monday, 11 November

Draft Programme

12.00‐19.00 Registration 14.00-17.00 Commonwealth Investment Promotion Roundtable (by invitation only) ANGASANA ROOM

Address by: Hon. Faizer Mustapha, Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion, Sri Lanka

19.00‐21.00 Speaker Reception & Forum Briefing (by invitation only)

Day One: Tuesday, 12 November 09.00-10.30 Opening CeremonyOAK ROOM Partnering for Wealth Creation and Social Development The Commonwealth brings together some to the world’s wealthiest and poorest countries, this session will focus on forming partnerships to ensure that the benefits of growth reach the whole of society and guarantee widespread social development.

Keynote Address: HE Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Sri Lanka 10.30-11.00 Ceylon Tea Break

Sectoral Networking Sessions The Sectoral Networking Sessions will be held in the Networking Lounge and are open to all delegates with interests in the sector.

11.00-12.30 The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and SAARC: Building New Partnerships OAK ROOM

Chair: Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India S. Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder, Infosys & President, Confederation of Indian Industry Hon Binod K. Chaudhary, Chairman, Chaudhary Group, Nepal Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Chairman, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Yu Ping, Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)


Hosted Networking Lunches


1) “Bringing the World to You” networking lunch hosted by Al-Futtaim Automotive Group / Associated Motorways (Pvt) Ltd Addressed by: Len Hunt, President, Automotive Group , Al-Futtaim Private Company LLC

2) Global Capital Confidence Barometer lunch hosted by Ernst & Young CHUTNEY 3) Lunch hosted by Asian Development Bank LONDON GRILL 4) Doing Business in Cameroon Lunch hosted by IPA Cameroon LAGOON 5)Lunch Hosted by BBDO Sri Lanka TAPROBANE

Networking Lunches 14.00-1530 BPO & ICT

14.00-15.30 Developing the Rural Economy for Sustainable Shared Growth OAK ROOM

Chair: Professor Robert Anderson, Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Massey University, New Zealand Keynote Address: HE Khumbo Kachali, Vice-President, Malawi Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries, Sri Lanka Philip Bouverat, Director, JCB, UK Brian Rogan, CEO, Cleveland Bridge, UK Dr Turki Al Rasheed, Chairman, Golden Grass, Saudi Arabia

14.00-15.30 Partnership Roundtable - Manufacturing and Value Addition IVY ROOM

Chair: Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, UK Hon Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development, Sri Lanka Paul Cooper, Director, Rinstrum Smart Weighing, Australia Janaki Kuruppu, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Tea Board Dr Rajiv Modi, Chairman and Managing Director, Cadila Pharmaceuticals, India

14.00-15.30 Partnership Roundtable - Innovation, Start-ups and Young Entrepreneurs CEDAR ROOM Chair: Dr. Rahul Mirchandani, Executive Director, Aries Agro Limited & Founder President, Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs, India Hon Neomal Perera, Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Sri Lanka & Co-Chair, CBF Steering Committee Dr Shiraz Gidwani, CEO & Chief Nandoca, Iktara World & Nando’s Restaurants Ejaj Ahmad, Founder and President, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre Marcela Navarro, Executive Business Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland, UK

15.30-16.00 Ceylon Tea Break

Networking Break

Draft Programme Day One: Tuesday, 12 November - Continued 16.00-17.25 Developing Small & Medium Business for Greater Wealth Creation OAK ROOM

Chair: Sunil Kaushal, CEO - India and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank Hon Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Sri Lanka Pradipta K Mohapatra, Past Chairman, CII Southern Region & Chairman, Coaching Foundation India Limited,( CFI ) Sukamal Sinha Choudhury, General Manager - SME Department, Bangladesh Bank

16.00-17.25 Partnership Roundtable - New Models for Financing Infrastructure IVY ROOM

Chair: Kapil Kapoor, Director of Strategy, African Development Bank Group* Hon Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion, Sri Lanka Diana Noble, Chief Executive Officer, CDC Group, UK Dato ‘ Azmil Khalili Bin Dato’ Khalid, President & Chief Executive Officer, AlloyMtd Group, Malaysia Deepak Amitabh, Chairman and Managing Director, PTC India

Sectoral Networking Sessions The Sectoral Networking Sessions will be held in the Networking Lounge and are open to all delegates with interests in the sector.

16.00-17.25 Renewable Energy

16.00-17.25 Invest in Malawi CEDAR ROOM Chair: Rt Hon Khumbo Kachali, Vice President, Malawi


Sri Lanka: Trading Hub for the Indian Ocean and SAARC


Chair: Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director & Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies (Sri Lanka) Hon Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development, Sri Lanka Hon Navin Dissanayake, Minister of State Management Reforms, Sri Lanka Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr. Hu Jianhua, Assistant President, China Merchants Group (CMG)


Partnership Roundtables - Business and Society


Chair: Chandrajit Banerjee, Director-General, Confederation of Indian Industry Hon D.E.W Gunasekera, Minister (Senior) for Human Resources, Sri Lanka Udena Wickremesooriya, Director, Brandix Lanka Limited, Sri Lanka Rosemary Kirkby, Managing Director, Rosemary Kirkby Associates, Australia Dr Rupali Basu, Chief Executive Officer, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Limited Thomas L Higgins, Chairman and CEO, GoldShield, USA


Partnership Roundtables - Strategies for Meeting Future Energy Demand

CEDAR ROOM Chair: Professor Priyantha Wijetunga, Principal Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank MMC Ferdinando, Secretary to the Ministries of Power and Energy & Investment Promotion Dato Ramesh Ramasundaram, Group Managing Director, Shrad Group, Malaysia Alan Rosling, Chairman and Executive Director, Kiran Energy, India Roland Fisher, CEO, GasFin Development, UK


Reception & Gala Dinner: Celebrating Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Hosted by HE Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Sri Lanka Address by HE Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary General

17.30-18.55 Apparel & Textiles

Day Two: Wednesday, 13 November 07.30-08.45 Hosted Breakfast Sessions 1) Breakfast hosted by SLPA (Colombo Port) ATRIUM 2) Standard Chartered Bank - CII Breakfast (by invitation only) LONDONGRILL 3) ICT Agency Sri Lanka hosted Breakfast ( by invitation only )

09.00-10.30 Sri Lanka: 21st Century Business Destination OAK ROOM

Chair: Dr Lakshman Jayaweera, Chairman, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Hon Prof GL Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, Sri Lanka Hon Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Petroleum, Sri Lanka James Packer, Chairman, Crown Limited, Australia Athulam Amarasekera, Director, Design Team 3 C/O BOI Asoka Hettigoda, Managing Director, Siddhalepa Group of Companies

Sectoral Networking Sessions The Sectoral Networking Sessions will be held in the Networking Lounge and are open to all delegates with interests in the sector.

09.00-10.30 Partnership Roundtables - Digital Growth and ICT IVY ROOM

Chair: Patrick Bitature, Chairman, SimbaTel, Uganda Hon Professor Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Science & Technology, Sri Lanka Sudhir Narang, Managing Director, BT India Sabur Khan, President, DCCI & Managing Director, Daffodil Computers Ltd, Bangladesh Milind Kangle, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Lycamobile

09.00-10.30 Partnership Roundtables - Developing Commonwealth Capital Markets CEDAR ROOM Chair: James Gatera, Managing Director, Bank of Kigali, Rwanda Ibukun Adebayo, Senior Manager - India, Pakistan, Middle East and Africa , London Stock Exchange Jonathan Alles, Chief Executive Officer, Hatton National Bank PLC Krishan Balendra, Chairman, Colombo Stock Exchange

10.30-11.00 Ceylon Tea Break 11.00-12.30 Infrastructure Challenges: New Global Partnerships OAK ROOM

Networking Break 11.00-12.30 Agriculture & Plantations

Chair: Peter Kieran, CEO, CPCS Transcom, Canada Hon Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, Sri Lanka Peter Chamley, Global Head - Infrastructure Practice – ARUP, UK Suresh Goyal, India Head, Macquarie Infrastructure And Real Assets Richard Wotton, Chief Operating Officer, Roughton International, UK

11.00-12.30 Partnership Roundtables - Facilitating Asian Investment into Africa IVY ROOM

Chair: Chris Parsons, Chairman India Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, UK Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group, UK Manoj Kohli, CEO and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, India James Benoit, CEO, AfrAsia Bank, Mauritius Richard Arlove, CEO, ABAX Corporate Services, Mauritius Pan Song, Managing Director, Fosun Group, China

11.00-12.30 Partnership Roundtables - Textiles & Apparel CEDAR ROOM Chair: M PT Cooray, Secretary General, Joint Apparel Association Forum Hon Rishad Bathiyutheen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka Ashroff Omar, CEO, Brandix, Sri Lanka Mark Green, Executive Vice President, PVH Corp

12.30-14.00 Hosted Networking Lunches ATRIUM

1) Networking Lunch hosted by Central Bank of Sri Lanka Hosted by Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Address by Rt Hon Hugo Swire, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UK


2) Mining and Mineral Resources Lunch hosted by Iluka Resources, Australia Address by Hon Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka


3) China Commonwealth Partnerships Lunch hosted by Global Elite Alliance

LONDON GRILL 4) Lunch hosted by Rwanda Development Board (by invitation only) LAGOON

5) ICT Opportunities Lunch hosted by BOI Pakistan

Networking Lunch

Day Two: Wednesday, 13 November - Continued 14.00-15.30 Banking and Financial Services: Enhancing Access & Economic Resilience OAK ROOM Special Address: Rt Hon Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister, Barbados Chair: Sir Thomas Harris, Vice-Chairman, Standard Chartered, UK Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr James Mwangi, Group Managing Director & CEO, Equity Bank, Kenya Dr. Wickrama Weerasooriya, Insurance Ombudsman, Sri Lanka

14.00-15.30 Invest in Rwanda IVY ROOM

HE Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda

14.00-15.30 Partnership Roundtable - Employability & Job Creation: Education &Training CEDAR ROOM Chair: Roy Newey, Director, Pitman Training, UK Hon S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, Sri Lanka Katherine Ellis, Director & Head, Youth Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat Raj Dravid , Chief Operating Officer, Centum Learning, India Bill Twigg, Apprenticeship Director, SEMTA, UK Beth Watson, Education Director, Asia-Pacific Region, Microsoft Corporation , Singapore Vinod Vohra, Chairman, Repro India Ltd.

Sectoral Networking Sessions The Sectoral Networking Sessions will be held in the Networking Lounge and are open to all delegates with interests in the sector.

14.00-15.30 Construction & Infrastructure

14.00 - 17.00 C’wealth Business Women Network: Women as Drivers of Growth & Development ANGASANA ROOM

Chair: Arif Zaman, Chair, Commonwealth Business Women Hon Pavithra Wannairachchi, Minister of Power & Energy, Sri Lanka Freda Miriklis, International President, BPW, Australia Virginia Littlejohn , CEO and Co-Founder, Quantum Leaps, Inc. Deborah Leary OBE, CEO, Forensic Pathways, UK Esther Eghobamien, Interim Director, Social Transformation Programmes Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

Networking Break

15.30-15.45 Ceylon Tea Break 15.45-17.10

Tourism and Hospitality: A Critical Driver of Growth


Chair: Louis Farrugia, Chairman, Simonds Farsons Cisk, Malta Hon Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, Sri Lanka Hon Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Seychelles Bhashwara Gunarathna, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Marriott International Inc, Singapore Arnaud Lagesse, CEO, GML Group, Mauritius Nishanta Wickremasinghe , Chairman, Sri Lankan Airlines


Invest in Uganda


HE Yoweri Museveni, President, Uganda


Partnership Roundtable - Impact Investment: Generating Returns and Development

CEDAR ROOM Chair: Professor Harry Hummells, Managing Director, SNS Impact Investing, Netherlands Michael Fernandes, Co-Founder of Leapfrog Investments, USA Nadia Sood, Founding Partner, Impact Investment Partners, UK Vikas Raj, Senior Investment Officer, Accion Venture Lab, USA

17.15-17.45 OAK ROOM

New Vision for Wealth Creation and Social Development Special Address: HE Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda


Buses Depart for ‘Reflections of Sri Lanka ‘ Exhibition on Trade, Tourism and Investment


Gala Dinner celebrating Sri Lankan Culture with Live Music, Dancers, Fireworks and Water Projection overlooking Colombo’s iconic New Parliament. Hosted by Hon Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development, Sri Lanka

15.45-17.10 Education & Skills

Forum Programme

Day Three: Thursday, 14 November 07.30-08.45 Hosted Breakfast Sessions ATRIUM

1) Sport for Development & Growth (by invitation only) Hon Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Sports, Sri Lanka HRH Prince Tunku Imran, President, Commonwealth Games Federation Shona Robison MSP, Scottish Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Philip Wilson, Director, UCFB Wembley Ltd

09.00-09.55 Energy and Natural Resources Development: Commonwealth Partnerships OAK ROOM Special Address: HE John Mahama, President, Ghana Chair: Richard Morgan, Government Relations Adviser, Anglo-American, UK The Hon Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, Minister of Mineral Resources, Mozambique Hon. Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Trade and Industry, Namibia

09.00-09.55 1) Invest in Tanzania - IVY ROOM HE Jakaya Kikwete, President, Tanzania

2) Invest in Zambia - CEDAR ROOM HE Dr Guy Scott, Vice-President, Zambia

10.00-10.55 Africa & Asia: Reshaping Partnerships for Sustainable Growth OAK ROOM Special Address: HE Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda Chair: Jayendra Naidoo, Executive Chairman, J and J Group, South Africa Hon Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Trade & Investment, Nigeria Manoj Kohli, CEO and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, India Anirvan Ghosh Dastidar ,CEO, Sri Lanka, Standard Chartered Bank

10.00-10.55 1) Invest in Ghana - IVY ROOM HE John Mahama, President, Ghana


2) Invest In Namibia - CEDAR ROOM Hon. Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Trade and Industry, Namibia


A New Vision for Africa: Nigeria’s role in Driving the Global Economy Special Address: HE Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Republic of Nigeria


1) Invest in Mozambique - IVY ROOM

2) Invest in Mauritius - CEDAR ROOM

The Hon Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, Minister of Mineral Resources, Mozambiaue

Dr The Hon. Arvin Boolel, G.O.S.K, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mauritius


Strengthening National Economies through Global Business and Trade


Chair: Razik Zarook, Chairman, Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka Hon Dr Sarath Amunugama, Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning, Sri Lanka Tim Cobbold, CEO, De La Rue, United Kingdom Lord Marland of Odstock, Prime Minister's Trade Envoy, United Kingdom

13.00-14.30 Closing Lunch ATRIUM


Depart Colombo for His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka Roundtable with Heads of Government and Business Leaders in Hambantota Chair: HE Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Sri Lanka (By Invitation Only)

Doing Business at CBF 2013 The Forum will feature a project portfolio of investment proposals that are looking for funding, equity or business partners. The Business Matching Centre will enable participants to meet with potential investors, investment bankers, and potential knowledge partners to present their projects. Project summaries will be available in advance to interested investors and partners and project holders will be available for one-to-one meetings. Projects will be organised by country and sector and include business plans with identified requirements in terms of investment required, technical and knowledge-

Business-to-Business Meetings at CBF 2007

based requirements. For potential investors, this is an opportunity to establish strong partnerships and explore investment opportunities in key sectors such as ICT, financial services, tourism, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and the environment. The Centre will bring together entrepreneurs looking to access finance and new markets, investors and companies looking for new markets or projects, and companies looking for external markets and knowledge partnerships to improve their competitiveness. facilitated business meetings at CBF 2009

B2B Forum activities will include: a Business Matching Lounge for between project holders and investors/partners

meetings potential

a project book and digital version with summaries of projects and short profiles of potential partners/ investors an Exhibition Centre to enable companies/countries to showcase products and services The opportunity to present country or sector strategies in breakout sessions of the Forum Site visits to key projects

Exhibition Centre at CBF 2011

The Centre will bring together businesses and a wide range of potential investors, government bodies and global technology and knowledge based industries.

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The Commonwealth Business Forum 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Commonwealth business forum 2013 8 page  

The Commonwealth Business Forum 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.