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6th Africa Economic Forum 2012, Cape Town, South Africa: Shaping Africa's Future

By Global Pacific & Partners
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JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, February 6, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Global Pacific & Partners ( announce the Program for the 6th Africa Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 March 2012.


Dr Duncan Clarke, Chairman & CEO, Global Pacific & Partners, says: “Our focus is on Shaping Africa's Future, as Africa holds great commercial promise, its destiny to be unlocked by local and foreign investment, enhanced trade and development partnerships, along with competitive business strategies across its landscapes”.

“Africa is not poor, but poorly managed: It needs more growth and investment”

Dr Clarke continues: “The Forum will address leading-edge shifts in Africa's evolving economies, critical investment and business concerns, and the Continent's emerging role and strategic position within a highly competitive and rapidly globalising world”.

The 6th Annual Africa Economic Forum will bring together Africa's leading industries, companies, state players, senior executives, and government officials to interface in a content-rich meeting, including players from countries outside Africa, and so connect fast-growth core industries inside and outside Africa's economies.

Global Pacific & Partners is delighted to announce CNN International as the Exclusive International Broadcast Partner for the 2012 program.

The 6th Annual Africa Economic Forum will include the 13th Southern Africa Oil, Gas & Energy Conference, as three intensive break-away sessions. These will focus on oil/gas exploration/development both offshore and onshore, shale gas/oil resources, power projects, renewable energy and energy efficiency, downstream oil markets and Southern Africa's future fuels mix.

The Conference features Keynote Ministerial Addresses from Hon Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade & Industry (South Africa) and Hon Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy (South Africa).

Featuring 40+ senior-level presentations from across industry and the Continent including presenters from: Comesa, Brenthurst Foundation, GE Corporate, Ecobank, DHL Global Forwarding, Agricultural Buisness Chamber, Dupont, Industrial Development Corporation, Gordan Institute of Business Science, Petroleum Agency SA, PetroSA, Shell, Engen, Galana Petroleum, Forest Exploration SA and many others.

This high-level gathering will discuss Africa's Economic Future over an intensive three-day programme (including the 5th Sub-Saharan Africa: Strategy Briefing) based on the following issues and agenda:

• Corporate Strategies & Investments,

• Economic Growth: Business & Governments

• Africa's Changing Economic World To 2050

• Giant Economies & Newly-Emerging "Next Five"

• Investments & Financing Africa's Industries

• Economic Drivers & Future Growth Locomotives

• Natural Resources, Africa's Trade & Corporate Projects

• Development Challenges & Future Economic Shape

• Africa's Fast-Growth Economies & Emerging Markets

• Resources, Industries & Business Drivers

• Corporate Africa: Portfolio & Investment Strategies

• African Governments & State Owned Firms

• Great Powers, Emerging Foreign State Players

In addition, the 5th Sub-Saharan Africa Business Briefing takes place one day prior the 6th Africa Economic Forum, on Monday 5th March 2012, with unique insights provided on the prospects, potential and future economic outlook for business and investment across the Continent. Presented by Dr Duncan Clarke, Chairman & CEO, Global Pacific & Partners, a leading economic strategist on Africa.

Dr Duncan Clarke has been an Advisor to African governments and oil companies while the Company runs the Continent's largest annual oil and gas management meeting, the landmark Africa Oil Week, now in its 19th year, held in Cape Town.

Global Pacific & Partners has had more than 35 years' experience in African advisory practice and 20 years-plus in high-level event management, with a special focus on the world oil and gas industries. The company has hosted key oil and gas events, including Strategy Briefings, around Africa (Cape Town, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Marrakech, Tunis) and in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Distribued by the African Press Organization for Global Pacific & Partners.

For further details, registration and booking, please visit: or contact: [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

Global Pacific & Partners ( conducts a wide range of Conferences and Strategy Briefings, including Africa analysis and global oil and gas research, with periodic contributions to oil-gas and corporate media and companies involved in Africa: business, governments, institutions and private clients.

With 40 years' background in economics in Africa and the developing world, including 30 years within the world exploration industry, Duncan Clarke is a leading thinker, speaker and writer on oil, geopolitics and economics in Africa, as well as on strategy for the world upstream industry.

Founder of Global Pacific & Partners, an advisory firm in world oil/gas, and an Advisor to Governments, National Oil Companies, Licensing Agencies, Multilateral Institutions and Companies, he conducts annual Strategy Briefings on Africa, Asia, Latin America, MidEast, and the world oil future.

Books include Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny (Profile Books, London, 2012), Crude Continent: The Struggle for Africa's Oil Prize (Profile, 2010), Empires of Oil (Profile, 2007), and The Battle For Barrels (Profile, 2007).

Born in Zimbabwe, based in Johannesburg, B.Comm. (Hons) Economics, Rhodes University (South Africa, 1969); Ph.D (Economics), University of St. Andrews (Scotland, 1975).