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Agenda

Monday 23 November

  Welcome and Introduction
09:00-09:15

Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Bruce Cleaver, Executive Head, Strategy, De Beers Group
Gareth Mostyn, Chief Financial Officer, De Beers Group

 

   
  Official Opening Address - Connecting Resources and Society in Botswana
09:15-09.45 Hon. Kitso Mokaila, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Republic of Botswana
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
   
  Session One
09:45-11:00 Maximising the Potential of Resource Driven Economies
Chair: Jonathan Rosenthal, Africa Editor, Economist

Corporate-Government Relationships: The Success of PPPs
Bruce Cleaver, Executive Head, Strategy, De Beers Group

Building a Diversified Economic Strategy
Katso Tshipinare, Economist, Barclays Bank

Engaging with Social Stakeholders
Dorothée Gizenga, Managing Director, Diamond Development Initiative

Legislating for Development
Dr Keith Jefferis, Managing Director, Econsult; Deputy Governor, Bank of Botswana (1999-2005)
   
  Session Two
11:30-13:00

Using Resources Responsibly
Chair: Muzong Kodi, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

 

Best Practice Principles
Feriel Zerouki, Head of Government and Industry Relations, De Beers Group

 

Partnering with Enterprise Development
Ineke Van Der Weijden, Programme Director, Tokafala

 

Consumer Demand for Responsible Sourcing and Social Engagement
Andrew Bone, Executive Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

   
  Session Three
14:00-15:00 Value Adding and Beneficiation: Lessons learned from De Beers
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Paul Rowley
, Executive Vice President, Global Sightholder Sales, De Beers Group

Jacob Thamage
, Coordinator, Botswana Diamond Hub

Balisi Bonyongo
, Managing Director, Debswana

Dr Maria da Silva
, Former Senior Policy Analyst, SA Chamber of Mines
   
  Session Four
15:30-16:30

The Impact of Diamonds on Botswana’s Economic Environment
Chair: Neo Moroka, Resident Director, De Beers Botswana

Harnessing Business for Socio-economic Development
Dr Nicky Black, Head of Social Peformance, De Beers Group

The Economic Impact of Diamonds in Botswana
Ryan Short, Partner, Genesis Analytics


Skills Transfers and Human Capital Building
Boikobo Paya, Director, Office of Research and Entrepreneurship Development, Botswana University of Science and Technology

   
16:30-17:00 Botswana’s Infrastructure Development: Policy Priorities and Implementation
Hon. Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Republic of Botswana

Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Tuesday 24 November

  Welcome
09:00-09:30 Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

The Role of the Downstream in Botswana's Development Story
Stephen Lussier, Chief Executive Officer, Forevermark
   
  Session Five
09:30-11:00 Diversified Growth and Development
Chair: Sheila Khama, Director, African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank

Promoting Local Content and Non-mining Domestic Industrial Development
Dr Malebogo Bakwena, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Botswana

Inclusive Engagement Supporting Diversification
Tumi Mbaakanyi, President, Women in Business Association, Botswana

Supporting Botswana’s Business Sector
Leta Mosienyane, President, Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower

The Role of Natural Resources in Diversifying Botswana’s Economy
Ross Harvey, Senior Researcher, Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme, South African Institute of International Affairs
   
  Concluding Session
11:30-11:50 Lessons Learned and Policy Responses
Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Communique to be issued
   
11:50-12:00 Closing Remarks
Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive, De Beers Group