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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

Hon Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister, Malta

HE Armando Guebuza President, Mozambique

HE Hifikepunye Pohamba President, Namibia

Hon Dr Denzil L. Douglas Prime Minister, St. Kitts and Nevis

HE Jakaya Kikwete President, Tanzania

Hon Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister, Trinidad & Tobago

HE Yoweri Museveni President, Uganda

HE Paul Kagame President, Rwanda

Ministerial & Government Participation

Hon Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development, Sri Lanka

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

Ajith Nivard Cabraa Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

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

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

Rt Hon Khumbo Kachali, Vice President, Malawi

Patrick Bitature, Chairman, SimbaTel, Uganda

Philip Bouverat, Director, JCB, UK

International Business Leaders

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD, South Africa

Rahul Bajaj Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India

James Benoit CEO, AfrAsia Bank, Mauritius

C.K. Birla Chairman, CK Birla Group, India

Confirmed Speakers Include: International Business Leaders

Sonjoy Chatterjee Chairman, Goldman Sachs India

Binod Chaudhary , President , Chaudhar Group, Nepal

Tim Cobbold, CEO, De La Rue, UK

Pascal Dozie, Chairman, Diamond Group Advisory Board, Nigeria

Louis Farrugia Chairman, Simonds Farsons Cisk, Malta

James Gatera Managing Director Bank of Kigali, Rwanda

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

Sir Thomas Harris Vice-Chairman, Standard Chartered UK

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

Penny Low, President & Founder, Social Innovation Park, Singapore

Mian Mohammad Mansha, Chairman, Nishat Group, Pakistan

Freda Miriklis, International President, BPW, Australia

Hugh Morgan, CEO, First Charnock, Australia

James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank, Kenya

Roy Newey, Managing Partner, Growth Partnership, 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

Susantha Ratnayake Chairman & CEO, John Keells , Sri Lanka

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

Alan Rosling, Chairman, Kiran Energy, India

Dr BR Shetty, CEO, Neopharma, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Andy Thorne, CEO, Kestrel Liner Agency, UK

Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, President, FBCCI, Bangladesh

Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group, UK

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, Pacific 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.

With a significant population base, skills and natural resources these regions draw together some of the world’s fast growing and most dynamic countries. This session will help set the agenda for the Forum and focus on building new partnerships for business and Government.


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 Developing the rural economy is a key aim for many Commonwealth countries development agendas. This session will examine the challenges and opportunities for partnerships to ensure sustained growth in rural areas including in; Agriculture, Infrastructure and Education.

14.00-1530 BPO & ICT

14.00-15.30 Partnership Roundtables 1) Manufacturing and Value Addition

2) Innovation, Start-ups and Young Entrepreneurs

Networking Break

15.30-16.00 Refreshments and Networking Break 16.00-17.25 Developing Small & Medium Business for Greater Wealth Creation SMEs are the life-blood of all economies, be they large or small, developed or emerging, they are the largest employers and a leading source of innovation. This session will look at ways to ensure sustained growth, access to finance and methods of internationalisation.

16.00-17.25 Invest in Malawi Chair: HE Joyce Banda, President, Malawi


Business Mentoring Roundtable A conversation with Rahul Bajaj

Sri Lanka: Trading Hub for the Indian Ocean and SAARC Sri Lanka’s geographic position puts it at the heart of one of the global economy’s fastest growing and high volume regions. This session will look at the opportunities for Sri Lanka to further develop its regional presence as a trading and business hub.


Partnership Roundtables 1) Business and Society


16.00-17.25 Renewable Energy

2) Strategies for Meeting Future Energy Demand

Reception & Gala Dinner: Celebrating Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Address: HE Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary General Keynote Address: HE Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Sri Lanka Guests of Honour: Commonwealth Foreign Ministers

17.30-18.55 Apparel & Textiles

Draft Programme

Day Two: Wednesday, 13 November 07:30-08:45 Hosted Breakfast Sessions 1) Breakfast hosted by SLPA (Colombo Port) 2) Parliament and Business Roundtable

09.00-10.30 Sri Lanka: 21st Century Business Destination For the last 5 years Sri Lanka has averaged 7% growth and is expected to continue to grow even faster over the next decade. This session will examine the opportunities in Sri Lanka and provide business views on how to supercharge the country’s development.

09.00-10.30 Partnership Roundtables 1) Digital Growth and ICT

2) Achieving Employability: Vocational Training & Qualifications

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.

10.30-11.00 Refreshments and Networking Break 11.00-12.30 Infrastructure Challenges: New Global Partnerships Infrastructure deficits are the most common impediment to growth across the Commonwealth, this session will look at ways of tackling this challenge by examining the potential for partnerships between Government and business, development banks and donor organisations.

11.00-12.30 Agriculture & Plantations

11.00-12.30 Partnership Roundtables 1) Facilitating Asian investment into Africa

2) Textiles & Apparel

12.30-14.00 Hosted Networking Lunches

Networking Lunch

1) Lunch hosted by Central Bank of Sri Lanka

14.00-15.30 Banking and Financial Services: Enhancing Access & Economic Resilience Credible, reliable and trustworthy banking and financial services provide the engine for growth in all sectors of the economy. This session will examine ways of strengthening this critical sector and ensuring that it is accessible to all sectors of society.

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

14.00-15.30 Construction & Infrastructure

Partnership Roundtable 1) Addressing Regional Skill Requirements through Education

15.30-16.00 Refreshments and Networking Break

Networking Break

16.00-17.25 Tourism and Hospitality: A Critical Driver of Growth

16.00-17.25 Education & Skills

Tourism is a mainstay of many of Commonwealth countries’ economies and is an important driver of employment. This session will examine ways of increasing and diversifying tourism without threatening the local economy or ecosystem.

16.00-17.25 Invest in Uganda HE Yoweri Museveni, President, Uganda


Partnership Roundtable 1) Impact Investment: Generating Returns and Development

C’wealth Businesswomen Network: Women as Drivers of Growth & Development Across many Commonwealth countries one of the most under-utilised economic resources are women, representing more than 50% of population the contribution that empowered businesswomen can make to growth and development is substantial. This session will bring together female leaders from government & business to discuss ways of enhancing the role of women in business.


Partnership Roundtables 1) Developing C’wealth Capital Markets

2) Supporting Family Businesses

18.30-19.00 Special Address: New Vision for Wealth Creation and Social Development HE Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda


Gala Dinner Keynote Address: Visiting Head of Government

17.30-18.30 Tourism

Draft Programme

Day Three: Thursday, 14 November 07:30-08:45 Hosted Breakfast Sessions 1) Sport for Development & Growth 2) Hosted Breakfast

2) Energy Exploration & Development 4) Hosted Breakfast

09:00-09:55 Energy and Natural Resource Development: Commonwealth Partnerships Many Commonwealth countries are richly endowed with energy, mineral and other natural resources and are in a position to feed the ever growing global demand for resources. This session will share experience of successful resource development

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

2) Invest In: Country Roundtable Chair: Visiting Head of Government

10:00-10:55 Africa & Asia: Reshaping Partnerships for Sustainable Growth Africa and Asia will be the drivers of global growth for the 21st Century, this session will focus on ways of ensuring that growth is sustained and to the benefit of all.

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


2) Invest In: Country Roundtable Chair: Visiting Head of Government

Tackling Unemployment: Education, Knowledge and Skills Unemployment is a challenge for all countries and an educated and highly skilled workforce is key to ensuring that growth and development don't stall in the mid to long term. This session will examine the potential for partnerships across the Commonwealth and share best practice and experience on tackling unemployment.


1) Invest in Mozambique

2) Invest In: Country Roundtable

Chair: HE Armando Guebuza, President, Mozambique

Chair: Visiting Head of Government

12:00-12:55 Strengthening National Economies through Global Business and Trade Global business provides employment and gives consumers increased choice at lower prices. This session will examine how economic growth can be enhanced though further linkages between large and small business and partnerships between government and business.

12:00-12:55 1) Invest in Namibia Chair: HE Hifikepunye Pohamba, President, Namibia

2) Invest In: Country Roundtable Chair: Visiting Head of Government

13:00-14.30 Closing Lunch 13:00

Depart Colombo for Sri Lankan President’s 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

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

meetings potential

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.

Commonwealth Business Forum 2013 Access Opportunities in Sri Lanka •

Learn about potential projects in one of the fastest growing markets in the world

Access opportunities in key sectors: agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, education, IT/BPO, renewable energy and infrastructure

HE Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK & Dr Mohan Kaul, Chairman, CBC Launching the Sri Lanka Investment Guide 2012

Biggest Business Event Ever held in Sri Lanka •

Opened by the HE the President of Sri Lanka

Addressed by 10-20 Heads Of Government

Pan Commonwealth and beyond

1,000 delegates and 100 international business speakers

Most Diverse Business Networking Opportunity •

1,000 delegates from 60 countries and 6 continents

Pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings

Project portfolio of investment proposals

Country and regional investment sessions

Project Portfolio of Investment Proposals •

National and international call for projects

Focused sessions on sectors and special projects

Portfolio broken down by country, sector and project size

Project lounge for presentations and one-to-one meetings



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