UK-Sudan Trade & Investment Forum

On 12th December, in partnership with the Embassy of Sudan, DMA had the pleasure of hosting the Government of the Republic of Sudan for a full day trade and investment conference at Institute of Directors in London. Hon Prof Ibrahim Ghandour, Minister of Foreign Affairs, lead a delegation of senior cabinet ministers to the UK for the first global investment summit to be held in Europe since the lifting of sanctions.

Tarek Fahmy, Acting Director from the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation in the U.S Department of State, opened the forum with a spotlight on the impact of the sanctions being lifted. This was followed by three plenary sessions covering an economic and financial overview of Sudan, the mining sector and the energy & infrastructure sectors.

DMA would like to extend our sincere thanks to our sponsors; Sudapet, Orca Gold, De La Rue, Ariab, BACB, Kenana, CTC Group, Bank of Khartoum, Ram Energy, Rotana Al Salam.


0830-0930: Registration & Refreshments

0930-0950: Welcome
• Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
• HMA Michael Aron, British Ambassador to Sudan
• HE Mohammed Abdalla Ali Eltom, Sudanese Ambassador to the UK

0950-1010: Keynote Address – Introduced by Zeinab Badawi
• Hon Prof Ibrahim Ghandour, Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Tim Morris, Senior Trade Advisor for Africa, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1010-1020: Spotlight On Lifting of Sanctions
• Tarek Fahmy, Acting Director, Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation, U.S Department of State

1020-1140: Session 1 – Economic Overview & Access to Finance
Chair: The Lord Sheikh, Co-Chair, APPG Sudan
• Hon Osama Faisal, State Minister of Investment
• Hon Abdelrahman Dirar, State Minister for Economic Planning and Finance
• Ahmed Amin, President, CTC Group
• Fadi Salim Al Faqih, CEO, Bank of Khartoum
• Wagdi M. Mahgoub, Managing Director, Mahgoub Son Group
Q&A Session

1140-1220: Refreshments Break

1220-1400: Session 2 –  Investing in Mining
Chair: The Baroness Verma
• Dr Abu Fatima, Director General, Sudan Geological Research Authority
• Nasr Eldin Elhussein, General Manager Ariab Mining
• Hugh Stuart, President, Orca Gold
Q&A Session

1400-1500: Networking lunch - Sponsored by INTL FCStone

1500-1615: Session 3 – Investing in Energy & Infrastructure
Chair: The Baroness Hussein-Ece, Vice Chair, APPG Sudan
• Hon Dr Abdel-Rahman Osman, Minister of Petroleum
• Adil Omer Ali, Director General, Sudapet
• Aimen Aboujoukh, CEO, Ram Energy
• Ali Osman Mahmoud, Director, Giad Industrial Group
Q&A Session

1615-1630: Closing Remarks – Introduced by John Skajem, Board Member & CIO of Midcost Holding Company
• Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
• Hon Prof Ibrahim Ghandour, Minister of Foreign Affairs

1630-1800: Gala Drinks Reception - Sponsored by BACB