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The 9th Annual GBR World Congress for Trade & Investment

7 November 2018
The Global Business Roundtable (GBR) is hosting its 9th Annual World Congress for Trade and Investment. The 9th GBR World Congress aims to provide an unparalleled global platform where leaders and decision makers from all sectors address ways in which global economic growth and equitable distribution of wealth and resources can occur. Central to the high-level discussions is Africa’s positioning and participation, which will effectively advance the economic development agenda of the continent.

Photo: Mr Sipho Mseleku is the Executive Chairman of Sakhumnotho Group Holdings. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Global Business Roundtable

The diverse and content-rich programme caters for big corporates, public sector, SMMEs, technical and financial partners wishing to explore trade and investment opportunities through various types of partnership models including, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and entrepreneurs seeking finance for their projects. The event aims to attract representatives from over 100 nations, for meaningful dialogue through high-level plenary sessions. Plenary sessions are designed to bring diverse perspectives and practical solutions to the issues raised by industry, government and private sector representatives.

The event will include a fully-fledged exhibition and trade fair where government, private sector, development financiers, state owned entities, trade and investment agencies, chambers of commerce, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other parties of interest, can showcase and demonstrate their goods, cutting-edge products and services to a global audience.
The 9th Annual GBR World Congress for Trade & Investment will take place from 27th to 29th March 2019 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, South Africa. The theme of the Congress, “Achieving Sustainable Global Economic Growth and Equitable Distribution of Resources” will be explored by thought Leaders from diverse perspectives.
The Congress will include a series of themed plenary sessions covering a variety of topics and sectors. The sessions are designed to address top-level policy issues, practical business solutions for industry specific challenges, as well as trade and investment opportunities. Through our partnership with Africa Forum, we plan to have each plenary facilitated by a former head of state who will moderate a high-level panel with various stakeholder representatives.
The GBR World Congress aims to achieve the following objectives:
•                     Global Networking Platform: GBR aims to create a credible platform where entrepreneurs and professionals can connect with decision makers from around the world.
•                     Deal Flow: a global and competitive platform where trade and investment pitches, projects and other business proposals are presented to individual and institutional financiers, investment bankers, venture capitalists and technical partners.
•                     Thought Leadership: a forum where sought-after experts, innovators, market leaders share their experiences, skills and knowledge to inspire our conference delegates to go back to their businesses and professional lives to turn ideas into real solutions.
Business-Matchmaking: provide a platform where entrepreneurs are matched with like-minded partners in order to expand their businesses and engage in export of their goods and services, including cross-border trade opportunities.

About Mr Sipho Mseleku
Mr Sipho Mseleku is the Executive Chairman of Sakhumnotho Group Holdings. He is the founding and the immediate past President of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He served as President for 5 years (2008 – 2012). The Chamber represents Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations from 46 African Countries.

Sipho is passionate about Africa and Business. In 2009, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Global Business Roundtable, which is a network of business people and professionals around the world. The Global Business Roundtable (GBR) has presence in more than 80 countries and in Africa, North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East and intends to be in 200 countries by the end of 2020. GBR is also present in 70 Universities across Africa. Sipho feels very strongly about Intra-African Trade and Investments, and believes it is imperative for economic growth and development in the continent.

Sipho was the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCCI) for five years, The Chief Executive Officer of Chambers of Commerce and Industry South Africa (CHAMSA) for three years and The Chief Executive Officer of the National African Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) for three years.

Sipho trained and worked as an Attorney at one of the leading law firms in South Africa, Edward Nathan & Sonnenbergs Inc (ENS). He was admitted as an attorney in 1999 and after great exposure in a number of major commercial transactions, he left ENS and joined the Investment Banking world where he worked for Brait Capital Partners as legal advisor and also worked as a Senior Manager (Private Equity) at Gensec Bank, a division of Sanlam. He also worked in the Structured Finance Department at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Sipho has served in a number of boards and organisations, such as: Baragwanath Hospital Board, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority (THETA); Securities and Regulations Panel (SRP); National Small Business Advisory Council; and many others. He is the Past President of the Convocation of Wits University which represents more than 100,000 Wits Graduates around the world. He has also served as a member of Wits Council, Senate and the Senior Appointments Selection Committee. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IoD). Sipho is also Chairman of Global Business School of Entrepreneurship as well as the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Global Fund for Jesus.

He was a director of Ecobank Group for 5 years and was also a director of ASKY Airlines for 2 years. He was the Chairman of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited and a director of Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS). Sipho Mseleku is a director of Sulzer Pumps South Africa Limited and Total South Africa and many others.


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