AEES Inaugural Summit
10-14 November 2014
The African Economic Expansion Summit (AEES) is a unique economic summit which focussed on the continent of Africa from the perspective of infrastructure. The summit created a platform by which many African countries, businesses and governments could interact and allow for delegates to meet and network.
The six (6) sectors targeted by the summit included the following:
The summit allowed for project owners and funders to meet and discuss their respective interests with a view to coordinating and interacting post the summit. Several local and international firms participated in the summit including General Electric, Transnet, Consolidated Infrastructure Group, SMEC, Tongaat Hulett Group and many others. The summit provided delegates with an opportunity to directly interact with business and government at the highest level. Representatives from Cameroon, United States, Poland, Argentina, Botswana, Burkina Faso and Zambia to name a few gave their perspectives about the need to for quality infrastructure projects to enable Africa’s growth trajectory. Presentations made during the summit touched on all the relevant six sectors with short presentations and Q&A sessions.
Many of the delegates have taken the initiative to create close associations with new and existing businesses from the continent and abroad. The African Economic Expansion Network (AEEN) was introduced during the summit to be the premier web portal that assists the continent of Africa showcase the many relevant and viable projects on the continent to overseas and local investors.
Over the two-day period, a total of 13 Sessions were conducted covering all the identified sectors and sub-sectors. The sessions were organised as presentations and panel discussions. Each moderator led their specified session by engaging both the panelist and the audience through discussions and question and answer session. The African Economic Expansion Summit (AEES) provided participating delegates with a platform that allowed for the key networking and interactions at an executive level.
Overall the conference was well received and excitement built up for the 2nd conference next year.