The South Africa-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce offers, as one of its benefits, regular networking events for its members where they can meet and share experiences about doing business in both countries. On an ad hoc basis, non-members are included in these events, which are also a way for the Chamber to raise awareness about itself and about the Nigerian business and investment climate. The events focus mostly on corporate views and engagement but also include diplomats, ministers and government officials and agencies from time to time.
Sponsor: Virgin Nigeria
Speaker: Mike Higgins, Director of Sales and Outstations, Virgin Nigeria, based in Lagos
Topic: The challenges of launching Virgin Nigeria
Date: 26 June 2006
Venue: Rosebank Hotel, Johannesburg
Sponsor: First Bank of Nigeria
Speakers: Jacob Ajekigbe, MD of First Bank, Fanus Nothnagel, MD of Massdiscounters, Foluso Phillips, CEO of Phillips Consulting, based in Lagos.
Topics: First Bank's repositioning in light of financial consolidation in Nigeria; Challenges of Massmart in setting up in Nigeria and the role of the Nigeria-SA Chamber in Lagos
Date: 30 May 2006
Sponsor: Johnnic Communications West Africa
Speakers: Brian Pottinger, CEO of Johnnic Africa; Lara Preston, Johnnic Africa, Francis Osuyah, MD of Phillips Consulting; Noel Holland, Vice President for Cotecna
Topics: Johnnic's projects in Nigeria and African film festival in South Africa; the political economy of Nigeria; and the new rules for imports into Nigeria
Date: 30 March 2006
Venue: Southern Sun Grayston, Johannesburg