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Ready for Take Off; A High Level Conference on Kenya's Economic Successes, Prospects, and Challenges, September 17-18, 2013

Day One—17 September, 2013


Opening Session

The Kenyan Economy: A Promising Road Ahead


Opening Remarks

Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury


Kenya: Resilient Macroeconomic Performance in a Challenging International Environment,

Antoinette M. Sayeh, Director African Department, IMF

8:45am-9:15am Keynote Address

The Vision 2030: Where are we?

President Uhuru Kenyatta


Questions and Answers


Coffee Break


Session 2

The Private Sector Poised to Lead the Way,

Moderator: Aly Khan Satchu, Rich Management Limited

Kenya: the Next Emerging Market, Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital.

Opportunities Stemming from a Rapidly Growing Middle Class, Jonathan Ciano, CEO, Uchumi Supermarkets.

Kenya’s Future as a Regional ICT Hub,

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.

Harnessing East Africa’s Growth Potential,

Charles Ireland, Group MD and CEO, East African Breweries Limited.

Kenya and the Eastern African Market: Investment and Trade Opportunities, a View from India,

Speaker to be determined, Export-Import Bank of India.


Session 3

Harnessing Natural Resources for Growth,

Moderator: Akere Muna, Transparency International, Vice Chair

Boosting Productivity through Family Agriculture: Lessons from Brazil’s Experience, representative from Brazil.

The Case for Socially Responsible Mining, Ian Satchwell, Director of the International Mining for Development Centre.

Maximizing the Benefits of Natural Resource Wealth,

Davis Chirchir, Cabinet Secretary, Energy and Petroleum, and Philip Daniel, Advisor, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF


Question and Answers

1:30 pm-2:30pm

Lunch Break


Session 4

Fiscal Priorities to Support Growth:

Moderator: Kwame Owino, CEO, Institute of Economic Affairs

Delivering Better Services through Fiscal Reforms and Decentralization,

Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury.

Managing Public Debt to Lower Risks,

John Murugu, Director, Debt Management Department, National Treasury.

Addressing Development Needs while Maintaining a Sustainable Fiscal Stance,

Roger Nord, Deputy Director, African Department, IMF.

4:00 pm-4:15pm

Questions and Answers


Coffee Break


Session 5

Anchoring a Stable Monetary and Financial Outlook:

Moderator: Phumelele Mbiyo, Head, Macroeconomic Research, Stanbic Bank

Monetary Policy and the Transition Towards Inflation Targeting, Njuguna Ndungu, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya, and Domenico Fanizza, Assistant Director, African Department, IMF


Questions and Answers


Dinner Reception

Day Two—18 September, 2013


Session 6

The Financial Sector: Shifting Gears,

Moderator: Martin Oduor-Otieno, Senior Advisor, Deloitte East Africa

Kenya’s Mobile Banking: A Revolution in the Financial Landscape,

Njuguna Ndungu, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya

Financial Deepening: What Role for the Stock Market and Private Equity,

Ayisi Makatiani, Managing Partner CEO, Fanisi Venture Capital Fund.

Bond Market Developments and Prospects: A Regional Point of View,

Kitili Mbathi, Regional Managing Director for East Africa and Mauritius, Standard Bank.

Tapping Foreign Savings: Kenya’s Sovereign Bond Issue,

Carmen Altenkirch, Director, Sovereign Group, Fitch Ratings.


Coffee Break

11:00am-1:20pm Session 7

Closing the Infrastructure Gap,

Moderator: Eddy Njoroge, ex-Managing Director CEO, KenGen

Opening Remarks -- Michael Kamau, Cabinet Secretary, Transport and Infrastructure.

Expanding Kenya’s Transport Infrastructure in the Regional Context, representative from the People’s Republic of China.

Maximizing Kenya’s Renewable Energy Potential,

Gabriel Negatu, Regional Director, East Africa Resource Center, African Development Bank

Geothermal Power Potential: Lessons from Iceland,

Gudmundur Thoroddsson, CEO, Reykjavik Geothermal.

Investing for Development

Diari tou Gaye, Country Director, World Bank.


Questions and Answers


Lunch Break

2:30pm-4:30pm Session 8

Making Inclusive Growth a Reality,

Moderator: Katrina Manson, Lead Economist for Kenya, World Bank

Opening Remarks – Anne Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary, Devolution and Planning.

Financial Inclusion Has Made a Difference,

Rodger Voorhies, Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation.

Building Consensus Through Transfers to the Poor: Lessons from Brazil, representative from Brazil.

Creating Jobs for Kenya’s Youth,

Vimal Shah, Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.


Questions and Answers


Closing Remarks by IMF Antoinette M. Sayeh, Director African Department, IMF and Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury


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