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November 23rd

08:35 – 08:40 (GMT-3)

Greetings Ceremony

Mr. João Bosco Monte | President of the Brazil Africa Institute
08:40 – 08:50 (GMT-3)

Opening Remarks

Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva | Former President of Brazil

08:50 – 9:00 (GMT-3)

Message by Special Guest

Mr. John Kufuor | Former President of the Republic of Ghana

9:00 – 09:10 (GMT-3)

Keynote Speech

Africa is more committed than ever, and perhaps more than any other region, to sustainable development. This has required a complete review of policies and strategies within the continent, but has given rise to unforeseen opportunities.

  • How has Africa positioned itself in the use of natural resources since the Paris Agreement of 2015? What were, if any, the positive outcomes from COP26 for the continent?
  • Which countries and sectors have been thriving by taking advantage of innovations and technologies linked to sustainable development? How are they addressing mitigation and adaptation in their own ways?
  • How will the AfCFTA impact trade and investments linked to natural resources in the continent? Which lessons can be learned by it?

Mr. Donald Kaberuka | Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge, Special Envoy for the AU and Chairman of the Global Fund

09:10 – 10:05 (GMT-3)

Governance and Planning towards Natural Resources: Solutions for Economic Diversification

The global landscape is being reshaped, in an attempt to definitely shift from economies that are carbon-based to ones that are environmentally sustainable. This movement requires international coordination, political will and targeted investments.

  • How can governance make sure that natural resources are used responsibly and effectively?
  • What policies and actions shall be taken to ensure economic diversification?
  • How can resource-dependent countries avoid unemployment, poverty and social struggles in the long-run?

Mr. Fernando Jorge Cardoso | Executive Director of the Club of Lisbon
Ms. Angele Luh | UNEP Head for West Africa
Mr. Ivan Oliveira| Director of International Studies at IPEA

Moderator: Mr. Omar Ben Yedder | Managing Director at IC Publications
10:05 – 10:55 (GMT-3)

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production: Ensuring Climate-Smart Food Systems

To achieve economic development, countries must address food security. Societies cannot thrive with people in extreme poverty, facing hunger and malnutrition. Food production, nonetheless, must not be a pretext for environmental negligence.

  • How can we structure climate-smart food systems and cope with today’s challenges without exhausting natural resources and harming
  • future generations?
  • What should countries do to make sure sustainable agriculture is properly incentivized?
  • What good practices and solutions can be exchanged between developing nations?

Mr. Claus Reiner | IFAD Country Director at Brazil
Ms. Maria Helena Semedo | Deputy Director General of FAO
Mr. Yemi Akibamijo | Executive Director of FARA
Mr. Fayçal Benameur | Senior VP for East Africa at OCP Group

Moderator: Mr. Waiganjo Njoroje| Head of Communications of the UN Committee on World Food Security
10:55 – 11:40 (GMT-3)

Fostering Cooperation between Brazil and Africa: Sharing Solutions across Crops and Value-Chains (Promoted by AGRA)

Brazil and African countries have an unquestionable similarity in their natural resources. This, in turn, has led to a shared path in the development of agriculture, with good practices, innovations and technologies finding their way between the two regions. As we move towards more sustainable food systems, we must look for ways to approximate Brazilian and African producers, jointly strengthening our value chains to ensure food security for all.

  • What lessons for South-South Cooperation were drawn from the UN Food Systems Summit?
  • Which crops and value-chains have the greatest potential for the exchange of know-how between Brazil and Africa?Which have shown the best results in sustainable agricultural practices?
  • How can we actively engage leadership to develop new South-South Cooperation projects in food production?

Ms. Agnes Kalibata | President of AGRA
Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn | Chairman of AGRA
Mr. João Bosco Monte| President of the Brazil Africa Institute

Moderator: Mr. Fadel Ndiame | Deputy President of AGRA

11:40 – 12:30 (GMT-3)

Protecting Forests and Combating Desertification: A Stronger Ecosystem for Economic Growth

Economic growth has been irresponsibly sought, for decades, at the expense of environmental stability. Now, societies struggle with the consequences of global warming, as natural disasters are more frequent and more destructive.

  • Can international cooperation set a framework for change, to safeguard ecosystems in every region?
  • What are the roles of adaptation and mitigation to build stronger ecosystems in developed and developing nations?
  • Is it possible to go back, rebuilding our natural heritage and finding other ways to achieve economic growth?

Mr. Morgan Doyle | IADB Representative in Brazil
Mr. José Carlos da Fonseca Junior | Executive Director of the Brazilian Tree Industry
Mr. Hervé Bourguignon | Senior Venture Partner of Moringa Fund
Ms. Maite Maronhas | Senior Advisor at ASA

Moderator: Mr. Simon Alison | Journalist at The Continent

12:30 – 12:40 (GMT-3)

The Role of Government in Environmental Protection

Mr. Antônio Carlos de Almeida Castro (Kakay) | Criminal Lawyer
Mr. João Bosco Monte | President of the Brazil Africa Institute

12:40 – 12:45 (GMT-3)


12:45 – 13:35 (GMT-3)

Mineral Resources and Mining: Innovations, Technologies and Transformation

The mining industry has been the backbone of the global economy for centuries, as nearly all sectors rely on raw materials that are extracted from different parts of the world and transformed into essential tools for our daily lives. Nonetheless, changes in development imperatives require creative solutions.

  • How can countries use mineral resources to drive economic growth in a sustainable way?
  • What policies should be adopted to ensure mineral resources have added value and are used for the benefit of local societies?
  • What are the best practices of the mining industry that have been developed in recent years?

Mr. Paulo Gomes | Co-Founder of the New African Capital Partners
Mr. Stephen Yeboah | CEO and Co-founder of Commodity Monitor
Mr. Andrew Alli | CEO SouthBridge Group
Mr. Igor Lucena |Senior Economist at the Brazil Africa Institute and Former Brazilian-Japanese Cultural Foundation Chairman

Moderator: Ms. Catalina Leite | Journalist at O POVO

13:35 – 13:55 (GMT-3)

Natural Resources, Governmental Policies and Social Development in the African Continent

The connection between natural resources and human rights remains somewhat neglected. While many countries have natural endowments, not all of them are able to convert their resources into catalyzers of social welfare. A fundamental issue in this regard is the adoption of exploitation models, rather than circular and regenerative ones. To make natural resources instruments of socioeconomic development and human wellbeing, a complex set of policies and actions are necessary.

  • What should governments do to incentivize economic models that are less exploitative of natural resources?
  • How can countries sustainably use “long-term” natural resources - soil, forests, minerals, energy - without compromising “short-term” natural resources - water, clean air, biodiversity, etc.?
  • Which policies have been adopted, globally and in Africa, that can serve as models for the conversion of natural resources into human development?

Ms. Rama Yade | Head of Africa Center at the Atlantic Council

Interviewer: Mr. Zyad Limam | Editor of Afrique Magazine
13:55 – 14:40 (GMT-3)

Helping Farmers achieve Better Results: The Brazilian Experience (Promoted by OCP Group)

Brazil is an agricultural powerhouse, producing food for its population and foreign markets. This condition is not by chance; rather, it is the result of high-level planning, pragmatic policies and smart investments. What Brazil has done in the past can and should serve as an example of how to achieve excellence in rural development.

  • How has the cooperativism system helped small and medium farmers in Brazil?
  • How organizations such as CNA and EMBRAPA can help to strengthen the agricultural sector in Brazil?
  • What has been the role of OCP Fertilizantes and its phosphate products in Brazilian agricultural development?

Mr. Roberto Rodrigues | Former President of the International Cooperatives Alliance and of the Brazilian Cooperatives Organization
Ms. Lígia Dutra | Director of the International Relations Office of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA)
Mr. Alexandre Morais do Amaral | International Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director at EMBRAPA
Mr. Olavio Takenaka | President of OCP Fertilizantes

Moderator: Ms. Sonia Blota | Journalist at Grupo Bandeirantes

14:45 – 15:35 (GMT-3)

Hydrocarbons and Renewable Energy: Adapting Economies to achieve Net-Zero (Promoted by SouthBridge Group)

Energy transition is a central aspect of climate-smart economies. Developing energy matrices that are less carbon-based is a global effort, one that involves commitment across all countries and economic sectors.

  • How can countries simultaneously address energy transition and energy poverty?
  • What are the roles of developed and developing countries in addressing net-zero?
  • How to foster economic growth while breaking free from hydrocarbon dependency?

Mr. Patrick Dlamini | CEO of the Development Bank of Southern Africa
Mr. Serge Kamuhinda | CEO of Volkswagen Rwanda
Mr. Constantino Junior | Coordinator of the Green Hydrogen Hub in the State of Ceará
Ms. Izael da Silva | Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation at Strathmore University

Moderator: Mr. Ajong Mbapndah | Managing Director of Pan African Visions

15:35 – 15:55 (GMT-3)

Emerging Economies, Commodity Cycles and Natural Resources

The world is facing an unprecedented challenge, with the economic setbacks of COVID-19 adding up to growing nationalism, trade wars and unstable and uncertain commodity cycles. The Global South, as always, has needed to adapt to these structural changes, adapting to climate change and envisioning new ways to use its natural resources.

  • How have emerging economies faced the economic hardships from the last five years, and which role have natural resources played in the build-up for economic recovery.

Mr. Otaviano Canuto | Former Vice-President of the World Bank
Mr. Lionel Zinsou | Former Prime-Minister of Benin and Founder and Managing Partner of Southbridge

Moderator: Mr. João Bosco Monte | President of the Brazil Africa Institute

November 24th

08:50 – 09:00 (GMT-3)

Keynote Speech

09:10 – 09:30 (GMT-3)

Personality of the Year for Brazil-Africa Relations

Sustainable Development: Strategies and Policies for the African Continent

Mr. Benedict Oramah | President of Afreximbank

09:30 – 10:20 (GMT-3)

Safe and Drinkable Water for All: Optimizing Management and Use of Water Resources

Despite global efforts, access to drinkable water is still not universally addressed. Without drinkable water, every foundation for economic, social and human development is immediately lost.

  • What is the current scenario and prospects of water scarcity in light of climate change?
  • How can developed and developing nations work together to overcome the lack of access to drinkable water by poorer populations?
  • What solutions have been developed to make sure water management is efficient and sustainable?

Mr. José Graziano | Former Director-General of FAO
Mr. Victor Borges | Former Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of Cape Verde
Mr. Bruno Peixinho | Senior Program Coordinator at Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Mr. Artur Matavele | Policy and Governance Manager at Wateraid Mozambique

Moderator: Mr. Vinicius Assis | International Correspondent for GloboNews

10:20 – 10:40 (GMT-3)

Water Governance and Sustainable Solutions: Avoiding a Water Crisis

Water scarcity is a harsh reality in many parts of the world. Arid and semiarid regions, from the Cerrados and Caatinga, in Brazil, to the Sahel and the Savannas, in Africa, struggle to manage their water resources, trying to make sure every citizen has access to water and to avoid as much waste as possible. Luckily, innovations, technologies, and new businesses have emerged with creative solutions, aiming to make water crises something of the past.

  • What are the roles of governments and businesses in jointly addressing water governance? What are the roles of cities, municipalities and local communities in avoiding water crises? Which experiences can we draw from the Global South?

Mr. Ani Dasgupta | President and CEO of the WRI
Ms. Frannie Leautier | Senior Partner and CEO SouthBridge Investments

10:40 – 11:30 (GMT-3)

Oceans and Blue Economy: New Perspectives in Sustainable Development

The international community has, for a long time, debacled over the conservation and exploration of maritime resources. Both developed and developing nations have struggled to incorporate a sustainable view for what is now deemed as a blue economy.

  • What should be the role of maritime resources in national development strategies and policies?
  • How to make sure countries incorporate the principles of sustainable development when thinking of ocean economies?
  • What can the international community learn from Small Island Developing States and Traditional Fishing Communities?

Mr. Carlos Lopes | Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance
Ms. Elba Bueno Cabrera | Manager of the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands
Ms. Angelique Pouponneau | CEO of the Seychelles Conservation and Adaptation Trust
Mr. Marc Naidoo | Partner at McGuireWoods London LLP

Moderator: Mr. Obi Emekekwue | President and CEO of DelReeve Konsult Ltd.

11:30 – 12:05 (GMT-3)

Strategic Partnerships and Economic Growth: Triangular Cooperation for Natural Resources

Climate change is an international problem, one that requires an international commitment. In the face of climatic risks, while some prosper, others are left behind. Triangular Cooperation can be key to change this prospect, linking solutions with challenges across the globe, with programs and projects that can boost economic development, while mitigating and adapting to climate change.

  • How can Triangular Cooperation leverage the use of natural resources to ensure, at the same time, environmental protection and economic development?

Mr. Jorge Chediek | UNDP Special Advisor
Mr. Henrique Pissaia| General Coordinator of Strategic Alliances of FONPLATA
Mr. Helder da Costa | General Secretary of G7+

Moderator: Mr. Paulo Beraldo | Communications Consultant at FAO Brasil

12:05 – 12:20 (GMT-3)


12:20 – 12:40 (GMT-3)

Natural Resources and Infrastructure: Financing Projects for Economic Development

Infrastructure and natural resources are complementary drivers of economic development. DFIs play an essential role in mobilizing resources to achieve this end. Planning, executing and monitoring development projects is challenging, especially in light of a dynamic and volatile global landscape. Nonetheless, we can find solutions to be shared.

  • What have Brazil and West Africa been doing to leverage development projects in natural resources, including energy, mining, water and environmental protection?

Mr. Serge Ekué | President of BOAD
Mr. Sérgio Suchodolski | President of BDMG

Moderator: Mr. João Bosco Monte | President of the Brazil Africa Institute

12:40 – 13:30 (GMT-3)

ESG: The Role of the Private Sector in Sustainable Development

Governments and businesses must be in synergy to promote sustainable development, sharing a common vision to make sure natural resources are made as catalysts of opportunities for all. ESG has risen to the top of the global agenda, representing this worldwide commitment to sustainable development.

  • How has ESG driven economic development and the use of natural resources globally?
  • How have Brazilian and African stakeholders responded to the imperatives of ESG in their own agendas?
  • What best practices can be drawn by governments and the private sector as promoters of environmental responsibility?

Ms. Jennifer Blanke | Non-executive Director at African Risk Capacity
Ms. Natalia Dias | CEO of Standard Bank Brazil
Ms. Grazielle Parenti | Global VP Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at BRF
Ms. Leisa de Souza | Head for LATAM at Climate Bonds Initiative

Moderator: Ms. Caroline Ribeiro | Communications Coordinator of the Brazil Africa Institute

13:30 – 13:50 (GMT-3)

A Call to Action: Environmental Protection to Curb the Risks of Climate Change

A central aspect of action towards sustainable development is adaptation, to minimize the risks of climate change and their impacts over vulnerable societies. By working together, we will ensure that those hit harder by catastrophes and disasters are effectively protected.

  • What are Brazil and Africa doing to ensure climate change adaptation is addressed, ensuring climate resilient societies, avoiding risks and protecting everyone?

Mr. Ibrahima Cheikh Diong | United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Director General of the African Risk Capacity Group
Mr. João Bosco Monte | President of the Brazil Africa Institute

13:50 – 14:00 (GMT-3)

Southbridge Announcement of Decarbonization Initiatives in Africa

14:00 - 14:10 (GMT-3)

IBRAF-DBSA Capacity-building Initiatives for Southern Africa

14:10 (GMT-3)