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CBF at CHOGM The Right Hon Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister, Malaysia “I am of the view that the Commonwealth Business Forum is an ideal platform for the business community to network, exchange valuable experience and knowledge, as well as explore business opportunities and collaboration in areas of interest “

HE Armando Guebuza, President, Mozambique “The commonwealth business council is to be commended, for their continued efforts on bridging the economic divide in the commonwealth and beyond, through the promotion of private investment and trade opportunities.“

HE Goodluck Jonathan President, Nigeria “I thank the CBC for creating the environment and providing this platform and for supporting Africa’s development by organizing this dialogue. This collaboration must be the beginning of a structured and mutually beneficial engagement between the Commonwealth business community and Africa.”

HE Paul Kagame President, Rwanda “I appreciate the unwavering support received from CBC during Rwanda's application to join the Commonwealth. Now that Rwanda is a formal member, we look forward to an even stronger partnership to promote business and investment not only in our country, but in Africa as a whole.”

HE Ernest Bai Koroma, President, Sierra Leone “I am delighted to be invited to address the Commonwealth Business Forum, this great body of people with the common heritage, and the common support for each other, it foresees our democratic credentials, illustrates and demonstrates our recent peaceful transfer of power from one president to another.

Hon Kamla Persad Bissessar Prime Minister, Trinidad And Tobago “I extend warmest congratulations to the Commonwealth Business Council for its foresight in bringing together such a distinguished group of businessmen, entrepreneurs, investors and financiers for the purpose of fostering economic partnerships for the benefit of the family of Commonwealth nations. “

HE Yoweri Museveni President, Uganda “Amongst the Commonwealth countries, there is significant untapped potential. With active involvement of the private sector in partnership with governments, this potential can be harnessed in a wide range of sectors...CBF provides an ideal platform to help achieve these goals in order to promote economic growth and sustainable development”


Welcome Message by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka Ayubowan On behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF). The CBF is an integral part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is being jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Business Council. Sri Lanka, as a founder member of the modern Commonwealth, considers it a great honour to host CHOGM and its parallel events. The theme of CBF 2013 is “Partnership for Wealth Creation and Social Development: The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and SAARC�. This theme is indeed timely and relevant to us for several reasons. First, South Asia is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world today, although equitable wealth creation is still a challenge for the policy makers. Second, social development, which is fostered by inclusive growth strategies, has been lagging in several countries in the Commonwealth including some in the Indian Ocean regions, and private entrepreneurship, global linkages and strong institutional support are therefore needed to sustain this growth momentum and make it inclusive. In that background, the time is now ripe for the Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and SAARC countries to use the opportunities of their long standing relationships as they move into this new era of development. The Commonwealth has a combination of developed and developing countries with diverse cultures and traditions. This diversity creates a fertile ground for the exchange of technological know-how, skills and investments that would foster sustainable economic partnerships between businesses and Governments in the Commonwealth. While technology and investment are necessary, nations must also develop healthy interactions to build strong institutions that could convert the decisions and agreements reached at these international fora, into realistic practices and processes that would deliver the desired outcomes. Sri Lanka is delighted to host CBF 2013 as we too have embarked on a journey of rapid and inclusive growth. The country is now well positioned to become an important economic centre in the region, with the launch of an ambitious five hub strategy for economic development. Under this strategy, aviation, commercial, energy, knowledge and naval hubs will connect South Asia to the rest of the world. I am confident that the Governments, businesses and all other participants at this forum will benefit by the opportunity to network and build lasting relationships. Needless to say, the benefits of partnerships amongst us, can lead to significant growth, improving the prospects of all participants to serve their communities and countries. Let me therefore, with great pleasure, welcome you to the Commonwealth Business Forum 2013 in Colombo, and wish you success in all your endeavours. Mahinda Rajapaksa President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


Confirmed Speakers Include: Heads of Government

Rt Hon Freundel Stuart Prime Minister, Barbados

HE Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister, Pakistan

HE John Dramani Mahama Rt Hon Thomas Thabane Prime Minister, Lesotho President, Ghana

HE Paul Kagame President, Rwanda

HE Jakaya Kikwete President, Tanzania

HE Armando Guebuza President, Mozambique

HE Hifikepunye Pohamba President, Namibia

HE Goodluck Jonathan President, Nigeria

Hon Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister, Trinidad & Tobago

HE Yoweri Museveni President, Uganda

Rt Hon Khumbo Kachali, Vice President, Malawi

Hon Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Seychelles

HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, UAE

Philip Bouverat, Director, JCB, UK

Sonjoy Chatterjee Chairman, Goldman Sachs India

Ministerial & Government Participation

Hon Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development, Sri Lanka

Hon Prof Gamini Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, Sri Lanka

Ajith Nivard Cabraal Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Hon Olusegun Aganga Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Nigeria

International Business Leaders

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD, South Africa

Rahul Bajaj Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India

James Benoit CEO, AfrAsia Bank, Mauritius

Patrick Bitature, Chairman, SimbaTel, Uganda


Confirmed Speakers Include: International Business Leaders

Binod Chaudhary , President , Chaudhar Group, Nepal

Tim Cobbold, CEO, De La Rue, UK

Louis Farrugia Chairman, Simonds Farsons Cisk, Malta

James Gatera Managing Director Bank of Kigali, Rwanda

Suresh Goyal, India Head, Macquarie, Australia

Prof Sir Mike Gregory, IFM Cambridge, UK

Sir Thomas Harris Vice-Chairman, Standard Chartered UK

Harry Hummells, Managing Director, SNS Impact Investing Netherlands

HRH Prince Tunku Imran, Chairman, Commonwealth Games Federation, Malaysia

Manoj Kohli, CEO and Managing Director, Bharti airtel, India

Arnaud Lagesse, CEO, GML, Mauritius

Maurice Lam, Founding Partner, Stewardship Consulting, Singapore

Mian Mohammad Mansha, Chairman, Nishat Group, Pakistan

Freda Miriklis, International President, BPW, Australia

James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank, Kenya

Roy Newey,Director, Pitman Training, UK

Diana Noble CEO, CDC Group, UK

Dr Chris Nonis Chairman, Mackwoods, Sri Lanka

James Packer Chairman, Crown Limited, Australia

Chris Parsons Chair, India Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills, UK

Yu Ping, Vice-Chairman, CCPIT China

Susantha Ratnayake Chairman & CEO, John Keells , Sri Lanka

Dr Turki Al Rasheed, Chairman, Golden Grass, Saudi Arabia

Brian Rogan, CEO, Cleveland Bridge, UK

Alan Rosling, Chairman, Kiran Energy, India

Nadia Sood, Founding Partner, Impact Investment Partners, UK

Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, President, FBCCI, Bangladesh

Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group, UK

Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan Co-Founder & Vice Chairman, Infosys, India

Razik Zarook, Chairman, Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka


Draft Programme

Registration Day: Monday, 11 November 12.00‐19.00 Registration 14:00-17:00 Commonwealth Investment Promotion Roundtable (by invitation only) 17.00‐18.00 Speaker Reception & Forum Briefing (by invitation only)

Day One: Tuesday, 12 November 09:00-10:30 Opening CeremonyPartnering 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 Refreshments and Networking Break 11:00-12:30 The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and SAARC: Building New Partnerships

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.

Chair: Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India Xiaoyu Zhao, Vice President, Asian Development Bank HE Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates 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

12.30-13.55

Networking Lunches

Hosted Networking Lunches 1) Hosted Lunch 3) Hosted Lunch

2) Hosted Lunch 4) Hosted Lunch

14.00-15.30 Developing the Rural Economy for Sustainable Shared Growth

14.00-1530 BPO & ICT

Chair: James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank, Kenya Keynote Address: HE Khumbo Kachali, Vice- President, Malawi Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation, Sri Lanka Dr Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD 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 Chair: Professor Sir Mike Gregory, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, UK Hon Douglas Devananda, Ministry of Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development, Sri Lanka Paul Cooper, Director, Rinstrum Smart Weighing, Australia Mahbubur Rahman, CEO and Chief Executive, ETBL Holdings (Ltd), Bangladesh

14.00-15.30 Partnership Roundtable - Innovation, Start-ups and Young Entrepreneurs 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 Ejaj Ahmad, Founder and President, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre Srikant Suryanarayan, National Chairman, Young Indians Marcela Navarro, Executive Business Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland, UK

15.30-16.00 Refreshments and Networking Break

Networking Break


Draft Programme Day One: Tuesday, 12 November - Continued 16.00-17.25 Developing Small & Medium Business for Greater Wealth Creation Chair: T T Ashok, Co-Chairman, CII MSME Council & Managing Director, Taylor Rubber Private Ltd Hon Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Sri Lanka Standard Chartered Srinivasan Nagarajan, Regional Director, CDC Group, India Sukamal Sinha Choudhury, General Manager - SME Department, Bangladesh Bank Oliver Everrett, NewMarket Partners Limited, UK

16.00-17.25 Invest in Malawi Chair: Rt Hon Khumbo Kachali,

Vice President, Malawi

16.00-17.25 Partnership Roundtable - New Models for Financing Infrastructure Chair: Peter Callaghan, Director General, Commonwealth Business Council Hon Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion, Sri Lanka Diana Noble, CEO, CDC Group, UK Dato ‘ Azmil Khalili Bin Dato’ Khalid, President & Chief Executive Officer, AlloyMtd Group, Malaysia Kanesan Velupillai, President, Scomi International, Malaysia

17.30-18.55

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) Yu Ping, Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

17.30-18.55

Partnership Roundtables - Strategies for Meeting Future Energy Demand Chair: Ravi Mehrotra, CEO and Founder, Foresight Limited, UK HE Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates Mr 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 Sunand Sharma, President, ALSTOM International, India Roland Fisher, CEO, GasFin Development, UK

17.30-18.55

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 Ashroff Omar, CEO, Brandix, Sri Lanka Rosemary Kirkby, Managing Director, Rosemary Kirkby Associates, Australia Thomas L Higgins, Chairman and CEO, GoldShield, USA

19:00

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

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

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) 2) Standard Chartered Client Breakfast (by invitation only)

09.00-10.30 Sri Lanka: 21st Century Business Destination Chair: Dr Lakshman Jayaweera, 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

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 Chair: Patrick Bitature, Chairman, SimbaTel, Uganda Hon Professor Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Science & Technology, Sri Lanka Sudhir Narang, Managing Director, BT India V K Mathews, Founder and Executive Chairman, IBS Group, India Dr Hans Wijayasuriya, Group CEO, Dialog Telekom Plc, Sri Lanka

09.00-10.30 Partnership Roundtables - Developing Commonwealth Capital Markets Chair: James Gatera, Managing Director, Bank of Kigali, Rwanda Ibukun Adebayo, Senior Manager - India, Pakistan, Middle East and Africa , London Stock Exchange Nadeem Naqvi, Managing Director, Karachi Stock Exchange, Pakistan

Networking Break 10.30-11.00 Refreshments and Networking Break 11.00-12.30 Infrastructure Challenges: New Global Partnerships 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 Agriculture & Plantations

11.00-12.30 Partnership Roundtables - Facilitating Asian investment into Africa 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

11.00-12.30 Partnership Roundtables - Textiles & Apparel Chair: Mr. M Azeem Ismail, Chairman, Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Sri Lanka Hon Rishad Bathiyutheen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka Ashroff Omar, CEO, Brandix, Sri Lanka Bill McRaith, Chief Sourcing Officer, PVH Corp, USA Venu Nair, Managing Director, Marks & Spencer, India

12.30-14.00 Hosted Networking Lunches 1) Lunch hosted by Central Bank of Sri Lanka Hosted by Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka 2) Mining and Mineral Resources Lunch hosted by Iluka Resources, Australia Address by Hon Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Sri Lanka

Networking Lunch


Day Two: Wednesday, 13 November - Continued 14.00-15.30 Banking and Financial Services: Enhancing Access & Economic Resilience Chair: Sir Tom Harris, Vice-Chairman, Standard Chartered, UK Keynote Address: Rt Hon Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister, Barbados Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajay Srinivasan, Chief Executive Officer, Aditya Birla Financial Services, India James Mwangi, Group Managing Director & CEO, Equity Bank, Kenya

14.00-15.30 Invest in Rwanda HE Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda

14.00-15.30 Partnership Roundtable - Employability & Job Creation: Education &Training 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, Managing 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

Networking Break 14.00 - 17.00 C’wealth Business Women Network: Women as Drivers of Growth & Development Chair: Arif Zaman, Chairman, Commonwealth Business Women Hon Pavithra Wannairachchi, Minister of Power & Energy, Sri Lanka Freda Miriklis, International President, BPW, Australia

15.30-15.45 Refreshments and Networking 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

15.45-17.10

Invest in Uganda HE Yoweri Museveni, President, Uganda

15.45-17.10

Partnership Roundtable - Impact Investment: Generating Returns and Development Chair: Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group, UK Michael Fernandes, Co-Founder of Leapfrog Investments, USA Nadia Sood, Founding Partner, Impact Investment Partners, UK Harry Hummells, Managing Director, SNS Impact Investing, Netherlands Vikas Raj, Senior Investment Officer, Accion Venture Lab, USA

17.15-17.45

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

1745

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

1930

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


Day Three: Thursday, 14 November

Forum Programme

07:30-08:45 Hosted Breakfast Sessions 1) Sport for Development & Growth Hon Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister for Sport, Sri Lanka HRH Prince Tunku Imran, President, Commonwealth Games Federation

09:00-09:55 Energy and Natural Resources Development: Commonwealth Partnerships Chair: Richard Morgan, Government Relations Adviser, Anglo-American, UK HE Armando Guebuza, President, Mozambique Rt Hon Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago HE Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia HE John Mahama, President, Ghana

09:00-09:55 1) Invest in Tanzania HE Jakaya Kikwete, President, Tanzania

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

10:00-10:55 Africa & Asia: Reshaping Partnerships for Sustainable Growth Chair: Sunil Kaushal, CEO - India and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank HE Jakaya Kikwete, President, Tanzania HE Kagame, President, Rwanda Manoj Kohli, CEO and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, India

10:00-10:55 1) Invest in Ghana HE John Mahama, President, Ghana

11:00-11:30

Special Address by HE Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Republic of Nigeria

11:00-11:55

1) Invest in Mozambique HE Armando Guebuza, President, Mozambique

11:30-12:00 Refreshments and Networking Break 12:00-12:55 Strengthening National Economies through Global Business and Trade Chair: Razik Zarook, Chairman, Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka Hon Sarath Amunugama, Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning, Sri Lanka Tim Cobbold, CEO, De La Rue, United Kingdom

12:00-12:55 Invest in Nigeria HE Goodluck Jonathan, President, Nigeria

12:00-12:55 Invest In Namibia HE Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia

13:00-14.30 Closing Lunch 13:00

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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