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Africa Investment Forum 2012: “Partnering with ECOWAS to accelerate investment”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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The President of Ghana HE John Atta Mills is pleased to announce that the 10th Africa Investment Forum will be held in Accra on 3rd—4th April 2012, in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

The Event is being organized by the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and it will take place at the International Conference Centre, hosted by HE John Atta Mills.

Building on the last Forum held in Accra in 2010, this year’s theme “Partnering with ECOWAS to Accelerate Investment” will focus on the opportunity to access the growing regional market in a continent of one billion people.

The Forum will offer networking opportunities and the space to discuss prospects in key sectors like Agriculture, Infrastructure, Banking and Financial services, Tourism, Manufacturing, Energy, Oil and Gas.

President of the Republic of Ghana John Atta Mills Said: “Africa and its regions are showing strong economic growth with many countries achieving more than 5% per annum and a growing middle-class with rising purchasing power. The time is now ripe to build a bigger African internal market driven by new investment.

The Forum will therefore bring together business and government leaders from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, to work towards this goal.”

Speakers will include Heads of Government, Ministers and senior officials, as well as Chairs and Chief Executives of businesses, investment funds and other industries.

John Atta Mills said: “This Forum will showcase the best investment opportunities that Africa and the ECOWAS region have to offer. The Forum presents a platform for investors and project partners to explore and discuss investment opportunities with ECOWAS Heads of State.”

The two days event will also include business round tables and plenary dealing with issues from Energy: Power Generation & Transmission; Tourism, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship & Venture capital; Manufacturing and Consumer Goods; Telecoms and Transport: Roads, Rail and Ports

The Africa Investment Forum is one of the longest standing international business events on the continent. By bringing in new international investors and partners, over the last decade, the Forum has made a practical contribution to economic development in many Commonwealth African countries.

Current speakers include:

Ewan Cameron Chief Executive Officer at Lonhro Hotels

Amrei Botha Head – SME Banking at Standard Bank (South Africa)

Anthony Sykes Deputy General Manager, Business Development at SMBC Europe Limited

Marc Whittingham President at Canadian Commercial Corporation

Jerry Parkes Managing Principal at Injaro Investments

Keith Palmer Executive Chairman at Ag Dev Company

Hamid Malik President and CEO at Global Resources

Ashish Thakkar Group Managing Director at Mara Group

Plenary

  1. Enhancing Regional trade and investment: ECOWAS—COMESA—SADC This plenary will look at ways of encouraging trade and investment with and between the ECOWAS, COMESA and SADC states.
  2. Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development. Cross border infrastructure development is a key issue in ensuring that African states can compete internationally.
  3. Plenary 3) Agribusiness and Food Security. This plenary will address issues of security of supply in the Agricultural industry, development of large scale commercial farming alongside small holder agriculture and how best to capitalize on Africa’s under-developed farming sector.

    4. SME development and Microfinance. SMEs are an important and effective means of generating employment and economic development.


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Note:

The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) was established in 1997 with a direct mandate from Heads of Commonwealth Governments to promote trade and investment amongst 54 member nations and in-crease economic linkages with non-member countries.

CBC’s goal is to achieve economic empowerment for shared global prosperity through the enhancement of private sector contribution to social and economic development.

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) is a government agency, designed to encourage, promote and facilitate investments in all sectors of the economy except mining and petroleum They are the one-stop agency that facilitates and supports local and foreign investors in both the manufac-turing and services sectors as they seek more value-creating operations, higher sustainable returns and new business opportunities.

For more information please visit www.gipcghana.com

Dr Wolfgang Seidel: The Allure of Equities and Commodities

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Wolfgang Seidel, a keynote speaker at the marcus evans Elite Summit 2010 and Private Wealth Management Summit Fall 2010, explores the upcoming investment opportunities.

Interview with: Dr Wolfgang Seidel, Finance Professor, ESCP Europe Business School

Nicosia, Cyprus, November 18, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Equities and commodities offer very attractive investment opportunities, says Wolfgang Seidel, Finance Professor at ESCP Europe Business School. The performance drivers will be low valuations for equities and above-trend growth for commodities. A keynote speaker at the marcus evans Elite Summit 2010 in Montreux, Switzerland, and Private Wealth Management Summit Fall 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Seidel shares his opinion on the asset classes and sectors that family offices can capitalise on, and why equities and commodities should appeal to long-term investors.

How should family office directors position themselves?

Wolfgang Seidel: With 2010 moving toward its end the macroeconomic situation is highly precarious. Concerns are both, deflation and inflation, the European sovereign debt situation and currency interventions potentially leading to wider capital controls and trade barriers. Short term, I would therefore recommend to stay liquid in order to be able to react fast. Being vigilant and having a plan B in the drawer should help investors to move quickly.

Which asset classes and sectors would you recommend?

Wolfgang Seidel: On a one-year time scale, equities and commodities have good prospects. EU and US equities are highly attractive in terms of both, absolute valuations such as P/Es & P/Bs and relative valuations such as dividend yields against real treasury yields & equity risk premiums. Earnings development and earnings sentiment do also look favourable.

Stock picks should be guided by two themes: Many institutional investors are looking at high dividend stocks to replace part of their low yielding fixed income holdings; and economic growth and valuation multiples are high in EMs, but low in DMs. I would therefore favour companies with high dividends/dividend growth and companies listed in DMs with high sales exposure to EMs.

The demand for commodities is driven by global above-trend growth, particularly in emerging markets, where the commodity-intensity per unit of GDP is higher at the margin. As a consequence, commodities with a high sensitivity for the level of growth such as energy and industry metals are attractive. Additional roll yields are achievable with e.g. copper.

In addition, due to the low level of interest rates and a second round of quantitative easing there is a good case for a continuation of the precious metals surge.

Any untapped investment opportunities?

Wolfgang Seidel: Owing to the strong growth of the world population, limited availability of arable land, change of nutritional habits and abating production yield increases there is a strong macro case for soft commodities. Because of negative roll yields in the commodity futures space this segment has to be addressed through direct farmland investments in highly productive countries with still price-inefficient markets such as Brazil. Key will be to find the right investment managers with local presence and networks.

The same demographic and nutritional factors feed into a much higher future demand for water that will cause significant shortages. Water sources will appreciate substantially in value.

Another area is real assets in the oil and gas space, which seems underserved by dedicated fund managers. There are lots of inefficiencies that need specialised expertise, e.g. depleted oil fields that can get extracted further because a) higher oil price levels allow higher deployment of capex, and/or b) modern technologies allow substantially deeper depletions.

More liquid ideas are underpriced EuroStoxx dividend futures and Argentina GDP warrants.

If you had one message to family offices, what would it be?

Wolfgang Seidel: We won the war but we struggle to sustain the peace. In this uncertain economic environment extraordinary vigilance is indispensable.

Contact: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division

For more information please send an email to Daniela Trojakova at news@marcusevanscy.com or visit the event websites below:

Elite Summit 2010 – Montreux, Switzerland:
http://www.elitesummit.com/media_gtm_ws

Private Wealth Management Summit Fall 2010 – Las Vegas, Nevada:
http://www.privatewealthsummit.com/media_GoingToMeet_ws

About marcus evans Summits

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com

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Lobnek Wealth Management – Rethinking PWM

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

News Release  :  October 21, 2010
Elite Summit 2010
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland, 15 – 17 November 2010
www.elitesummit.com

Marc Moret, a keynote speaker at the marcus evans Elite Summit 2010 discusses the restructuring of the private wealth management sector.

Montreux, Switzerland, November 3, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The traditional business model of private wealth management is rapidly becoming obsolete, according to Marc Moret, Founder of Lobnek Wealth Management. Wealth managers need to adapt to a new paradigm based on independence, full transparency, and cost efficiency. There has to be a complete alignment between the interests of the client and those of the wealth manager. A keynote speaker at the upcoming marcus evans Elite Summit 2010 in Switzerland, 15 – 17 November, Moret shares his thoughts on how the sector should restructure itself and which strategies are likely to perform well in the coming years.

What is challenging the wealth management sector right now?

Marc Moret: Coming out of the 2008 crisis, wealth managers are faced with a very difficult investment environment where producing and maintaining positive performance is challenging. In addition, a number of common practices such as kickbacks and cascading fees that have had a negative impact on performance are increasingly being questioned by clients. It is urgent for wealth managers to address these issues and be creative.

Do you have any suggestions on how they can be creative?

Marc Moret: There needs to be a complete alignment between client and wealth managers’ interests. In the new environment, the choice of products will play a key role – wealth managers should be actively seeking a number of broadly diversified best in class investments. A portion of the portfolio should also be dedicated towards investment products that are uncorrelated to the rest of the market. Successful managers will increasingly shift focus from chasing performance to better risk control.

Last but not least, a core/satellite approach to investing seems particularly well suited to generating alpha all the while tracking the broader markets.

Which strategies do you think will perform particularly well in the next few years?

Marc Moret: In the present uncertain environment, I would advise investors to position themselves cautiously by implementing strategies that hedge against various scenarios.

I recommend to put emphasis on ensuring a high degree of de-correlation between asset classes in order to avoid a repeat of the 2008 experience when practically all asset classes suffered substantial losses simultaneously.

The emerging markets are set to outperform the developed markets over the next few years. However, one has to bear in mind that the growth of the emerging markets by themselves will not suffice to lift up the global economy.

Prosperity Capital Management on Russia as an Investment Hot Spot

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Liam Halligan from Prosperity Capital Management Ltd, shares his views on why Russia is a top investment destination.

Interview with: Liam Halligan, Chief Economist, Prosperity Capital Management Ltd

Nicosia, Cyprus, October 5, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Russia is an incredible combination of extremely low valuations, massive returns and the prospect of ongoing good returns, highlights Liam Halligan, Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management Ltd. There are not that many markets which offer investors all three. From an asset management firm sponsoring the marcus evans Elite Summit 2010, Nordic Pensions & Investments Summit 2010, Investment Consultants Summit 2011 and European Pensions & Investments Summit 2011, Halligan uncovers why family offices should consider investing in Russia and which assets could provide real value to them.

Why do you recommend investing in Russia?

Liam Halligan: Russia is a seriously underrated investment destination. Even though there are risks to investing there, they are very much reflected in the prices. We have been focusing on Russia since 1996, where in this period, our main fund returned an average of 23 per cent in dollars annually. Our special situations fund, which launched in 1999, has returned 43 per cent a year. This was the best performing fund in the world in any asset class over that period of time. Both are open ended funds which have maintained liquidity respectively, on weekly and monthly terms.

Instead of relying on general cliches which have been presented by the Western media, sometimes investors have to make up their own minds about where is a good place to invest and where is not.

What makes Russia so special?

Liam Halligan: There is an incredible combination of extremely low valuations, massive returns and the prospect of ongoing good returns. Russia is currently trading at seven and a half times its earnings, which is the lowest of any major stock market in the world and yet over the last 10 years, it has been the best performing market in the world. Even in 2009 when the economy contracted the market went up by 129 per cent.

That is what makes Russia special. It is a very resource rich country, not only in hydrocarbons, but also in terms of human capital, talent and education, yet considered less developed than some emerging markets. A great deal has changed in Russia in the last 20 years but Western investors have not yet woken up to that.

Where does the real value in Russian investments lie?

Liam Halligan: The real value lies on the second and third tiers, amongst companies that are restructuring in sectors that are consolidating.

Russia is emerging as a major retail market and will soon be the largest in Europe. We like Russia’s domestic power sector. Their electricity market is the fourth largest in the world. We believe that this sector will continue to be a source of significant gains and is a good way of gaining exposure to domestic growth.

While the Western world continues to stumble and register at best only sluggish growth, emerging markets will continue to surge, with Russia central to that growth; they will need energy as they go through an industrialization phase.

What long-term investment strategies would you recommend?

Liam Halligan: My message to Chief Investment Officers and family office directors would be: Get into investments that governments cannot print more of. The only way some of the old industrialized economies can get out of their debts will be by inflating their currency. The Western world is going to be inflating away its debt and de-leveraging. Long-term investors should be looking at low leverage countries with low debts, where companies and consumers have little debt and there are lots of tangible assets. A country that really stands out under both of those headings is Russia.

Contact: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division

Tel: + 357 22 849 313
Email: news@marcusevanscy.com

For more information please visit the event websites below:

Elite Summit 2010: http://www.elitesummit.com/media_GTM_lh
Nordic Pensions & Investments Summit 2010: http://www.nordicpensions-summit.com/media_GTM_lh
Investment Consultants Summit 2011:

http://www.investmentconsultantseurope.com/media_GTM_lh

European Pensions & Investments Summit 2011: http://www.epi-summit.com/media_GTM_lh

About marcus evans Summits

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com

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About Prosperity Capital Management Ltd

PCM is the world’s largest Russia-focused asset manager with $4.5bn AUM. All the money we manage derives from outside Russia and our clients include family offices, private banks and sovereign wealth funds.

www.prosperitycapital.com

marcus evans Summits announces Daniel Mateos , keynote speaker at the Elite Summit 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

12 October 2010

marcus evans Summits, is pleased to announce Daniel Mateos as the Keynote Speaker at the Elite Summit, on the 15 – 17 November 2010, taking place at the prestigious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland.

The Elite Summit addresses the most current wealth management trends and provides attendees with fresh perspectives on adapting effectively to global changes and opportunities to sustain, grow and preserve family wealth. Over three days, a carefully scheduled series of presentations, case studies and one-to-one business meetings will provide you with strategic advice as well as networking opportunities with key decision makers from the most prominent family offices, trusts, foundations and endowments in Europe.

Daniel Mateos, Director of Werner Capital will be presenting on Why Emerging Market Wealth is Invested in Real Estate. Also adding to this year’s cutting edge programme, we have some of leading family office professionals in Europe offering their insight on Strategic Partnerships, Portfolio Safeguarding, Optimal Governance Structures and Growing, Protecting & Transferring Wealth amongst other key issues. Summit Chairman Todd Benjamin, Former Financial Editor, CNN International will be joined by keynote speakers including Constantinos G. Grigoriadis, CIO, Alpanco; Alexander Arnbäck, Manager, Passive Management and Russell Prior, Executive Director, Enterprise & Philanthropy Development, Charities Aid Foundation.

This year’s Elite Summit audience includes Presidents, Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Investment Officers, Vice Presidents and Directors of Single-Family Offices, Multi-Family Offices, Trusts, Foundations and Endowments as well as Sponsors offering a wide range of products including Wealth & Asset Management, Integrated Planning, Lifestyle Planning, Legal Services, Insurance and Philanthropic Services.

marcus evans Summits (www.marcusevans.com), produces high level business platforms for the world’s leading decision-makers. These dynamic and innovative forums initiate and develop business relationships one to one between director and C level practitioners from the world’s most influential organisations and with leading product and service suppliers. marcus evans Summits guarantees an exclusive format which enables participants to achieve the maximum amount of business and knowledge interaction over a three day event in a stimulating environment.

Please note that the Elite Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants is limited.

For more information
Daniela Trojakova
Marketing Manager
Tel: +357 22 849 380
Email: summits@marcusevanscy.com
www.elitesummit.com/GTMpr
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India Investment: Where the Future is…

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

India has undergone a systematic transition from a closed economy to an open economy since the beginning of economic reforms in the country in 1991. India has witnessed unprecedented levels of economic expansion, along with countries like China, Russia, Mexico and Brazil. India, being a cost effective and labor intensive economy, has benefited immensely from outsourcing of work from developed countries, and a strong manufacturing and export oriented industrial framework. Despite facing issues such as political uncertainty & bureaucratic barriers, the country’s economy, today, is characterized by a liberalized foreign investment and trade policy, with the private sector and deregulation playing a key role.

From a ‘developing nation’ just two decades back, India, today, has emerged as one of the decisive nations shaping the contours of the world economy. Consistently charting a growth path over the last few years, India is an idea whose time has truly arrived. Today, the triumph of the Indian Economy is visible in almost all fields – with some aggressive cross-border acquisitions India has been rewriting the global business equations.

Indian markets offer prospects of high profitability and is ranked third among the most attractive FDI destinations in the world. The country, with its robust legal framework and stable financial market, has transformed from being a highly controlled economy to a liberalized one, with its economy rising by 8.8 per cent in the June 2010 quarter year-on-year, its fastest pace since early 2008.

With huge investments in infrastructure development on the anvil, India is today a preferred investment destination. There are enough reasons for investing in India, be its large knowledge based industries; or simply investing in the fastest growing population of workers and consumers.

Fleming Gulf’s India Investment Convention : 2011, to be held in Dubai from 24th -25th January 2011, will offer a platform to discuss the growth and investment opportunities offered by the Indian Economy and its various robust industries. It will act as a passage to global investors.

The conference will answer few of the following questions amongst others:

What makes India appear so high on the radar of investors? Why and how did the country remain insulated from the economic slump? – Was it because of its robust banking regulations? And, how can investors from the Middle East and around the world participate and reap benefit from the India Investment story?

About Fleming Gulf
With a rich 6-year history of producing high quality, industry specific business events around the world and in the Middle East, Fleming Gulf Conferences is one of the leading names in business intelligence. Our B2B conferences are highly interactive events with number of delegates from specialized industry sectors including Finance, Energy, Transportation & Infrastructure, Shipping, Logistics, Utilities, Real Estate, Construction and more.

Do not miss the opportunity to make the most of the world’s largest free market democracy slated to be a future superpower. For further information and to book your place at the event, please visit our website.

Bhavya Mahadevappa
bhavya.mahadevappa@fleminggulf.com
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Every Penny Counts – Preserving Wealth for Future Generations

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

As the aftershocks of the economic crisis continue to disrupt markets worldwide, some of Europe’s top private wealth management industry executives came together at the recent marcus evans Elite Summit 2010, the leading private wealth management event, to share insights and strategies for unearthing the opportunities in today’s highly volatile investment landscape.

In his opening keynote presentation, Charles Lowenhaupt, the Chief Executive Officer at Lowenhaupt Global Advisors, addressed the need for the adoption of the ‘Global Standards for Private Wealth Management’ by family offices, to ensure that the management of significant wealth remains constant and stable even in perilous times or under dangerous conditions. In the aftermath of a crisis that was plagued by instability and fraud, it has become essential for family offices and wealth managers to take this step in order to regain the trust and confidence of private wealth holders. “The Standards are what every family needs in this era of distrust,� Lowenhaupt said.

The first question that family offices should ask high net worth individuals is, ‘What do you want to accomplish with your money?’ and align all strategies accordingly. Families are not intuitively process orientated, Lowenhaupt explained, but processes are needed for functionality. The Principles need to get into the family offices’ DNA so that each individual knows what to expect from the other. Uniform, objective standards make sense for the private wealth management industry and the benefit of wealth holders, Lowenhaupt remarked.

Dr iur Kurt Moosmann, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Dara Capital discussed governance frameworks in his presentation, “Achieving Sustainable Wealth Preservation by Adopting an Effective Governance Framework�. The audience was captivated by his thorough analysis of how internal and external risks can be managed, in order to preserve and grow wealth for future generations. Death, divorce, inadequate education or intra-family conflict are just a few common circumstances which could pose as a serious threat to wealth. Therefore, it is important to consider a comprehensive estate plan and family governance, which includes but is not limited to diversifying and monetising concentrated holdings, managing liquidity, choice of manager and leadership succession, to guard against potential risks and to preserve wealth over generations.

marcus evans was also proud to have Jean Brunel, Managing Partner of Brunel Associates, as well as the editor of ‘Journal of Wealth Management’ and author of ‘Integrated Wealth Management’, speaking at the Elite Summit 2010 to share his insights and outlook on the industry. Brunel advised private wealth management executives to remember which side of the investment table they belong to. “They are the ones with the money, not us!� Brunel said, referring to wealth holder clients. “We need to make the effort to speak their language. Our job is to bring our expertise to them!

There needs to be a sharper focus on tax efficiency, more use of goal-based allocations, a broader use of alternative strategies, dynamic asset allocation and optimization of alternative strategies. “You cannot escape the responsibility that comes with the luxury of wealth,� Brunel concluded.

The three-day Elite Summit 2010, which took place in May at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland, also featured presentations by Jeffrey Lewis, President of Heinz Family Philanthropies on the entrepreneurial philanthropy model the foundation is pursuing and Caroline Lang, Managing Director of Sotheby’s Geneva and Senior Director at Sotheby’s Europe talked about the lure of passion-investing and its benefits as a form of protection to family wealth.

Attendees were also inspired by comments made by Professor Dr Wolfgang Gerke, President of theBavarian Finance Centre. “We have to accept that totally efficient markets do not exist,”Gerke highlighted. “I am convinced that family offices in the future will have to manage more bubbles and crashes. We have learnt so many lessons from history and can prevent many things.”

Only a few family offices compile consolidated performance reports, thus investment activities are rarely reconfigured to account for the results yielded by investment controlling. Investment controlling is a core responsibility of family offices, and Gerke recommends a more active approach to managing investments and more dynamic policies.

As economies gradually pick up again, it will be interesting to see what the wealth management industry has learnt from past difficulties and the steps it takes to ensure future challenges and goals are met.

To meet, network, gain cutting-edge insight and share strategies with senior-level wealth management industry executives, please visit the summit website and find out more about the upcoming marcus evans Elite Summit 2010, taking place 15 – 17 November 2010.

Contact:
Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian
Press Manager
marcus evans, Summits Division
Tel: + 357 22 849 313
Email: press@marcusevanscy.com
About the Elite Summit 2010

This unique forum will take place at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland, 15 – 17 November 2010. Offering much more than any conference, seminar or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed wealth management industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The summit includes presentations on establishing an effective governance framework, tax optimisation strategies, managing risks and maximising investment returns.

For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com or visit the event website at www.elitesummit.com

Please note that the summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.

About marcus evans Summits

marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com

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The First International Investment Forum

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The Keynote address at AstanaInvest 2010: H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The AstanaInvest 2010 Forum is organised by Mayor of Astana city, with the active support and direct participation of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The forum is aimed at improving the investment climate and to further encourage the flow of domestic and foreign investment in the city’s economy, creating and promoting a brand of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan to world markets under the Strategy in the number of occurrences of Kazakhstan of 50 competitive countries in the world.

Key Speeches at AstanaInvest 2010

Karim Massimov, the Prime – Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Asset Isekeshev, Vice Premier of Kazakhstan, Minister of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Imangali Tasmagametov, Mayor of Astana City.

Other key note speakers include: Zhanar Aitzhanova, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Zhaksylykov Timur, Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Kim In, General Director of Highvill; David Ben Nanney, President of Lior Corporation; Elena Baturina, President of Investment and Construction Corporation Inteko.

The forum will be attended by over 500 delegates, including key financial experts from Europe, USA, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Gulf countries, as well as representatives of central and local executive bodies, national companies, development institutions and foreign companies, financial institutions, large and medium business capital.

AstanaInvest 2010 will enable potential investors to explore economic, legal and other terms of doing business in the region to get acquainted with investment potential during a presentation of investment projects and organizations in the city of Astana, as well as to discuss with representatives of official and business perspectives and concerns of international and regional investment cooperation.

In the thematic sessions and round tables will discuss the prospects of the construction industry and the dynamics of the Kazakhstan capital, considered the measures of government supports for the manufacturing sector and the State Programme for accelerated industrial-innovative development.

Participants of the AstanaInvest 2010 Forum will refer to specific investment projects in the capital through public-private partnership in education, health, infrastructural and energy, cultural and sporting facilities.

The Moderators of thematic sections at AstanaInvest 2010:

Industry Section: Albert Rau, Senior Vice-Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan

Construction Section: Serik Knockeen, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Agency for Construction and Housing

Public-Private Partnership Section: Bolat Smagulov, Chairman of the Board of JSC “Kazakhstan Center for Public-Private Partnership”.

The press conference dedicated to AstanaInvest 2010 with the participation of Mr Yerlan Kozhagapanov, Deputy Mayor of Astana, press conference will be held on 02 June 2010 at Radisson SAS Hotel.

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On the 7 June 2010 Mayor of Astana will address at the First International Investment Forum – AstanaInvest 2010

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Keynote address at AstanaInvest 2010: H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The AstanaInvest 2010 Forum is organised by Mayor of Astana city, with the active support and direct participation of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The forum is aimed at improving the investment climate and to further encourage the flow of domestic and foreign investment in the city’s economy, creating and promoting a brand of Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan to world markets under the Strategy in the number of occurrences of Kazakhstan of 50 competitive countries in the world.

Key speeches at AstanaInvest 2010Karim Massimov, the Prime – Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Asset Isekeshev, Vice Premier of Kazakhstan, Minister of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Imangali Tasmagametov, Mayor of Astana City.

Other key note speakers include: Zhanar Aitzhanova, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Zhaksylykov Timur, Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan;Kim In, General Director of Highvill; David Ben Nanney, President of Lior Corporation; Elena Baturina, President of Investment and Construction Corporation Inteko.

The forum will be attended by over 500 delegates, including key financial experts from Europe, USA, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Gulf countries, as well asrepresentatives of central and local executive bodies, national companies, development institutions and foreign companies, financial institutions, large and medium business capital.

AstanaInvest 2010 will enable potential investors to explore economic, legal and other terms of doing business in the region to get acquainted with investment potential during a presentation of investment projects and organizations in the city of Astana, as well as to discuss with representatives of official and business perspectives and concerns of international and regional investment cooperation.

In the thematic sessions and round tables will discuss the prospects of the construction industry and the dynamics of the Kazakhstan capital, considered the measures of government supports for the manufacturing sector and the State Programme for accelerated industrial-innovative development.

Participants of the AstanaInvest 2010 Forum will refer to specific investment projects in the capital through public-private partnership in education, health, infrastructural and energy, cultural and sporting facilities.

The Moderators of thematic sections at AstanaInvest 2010:

Industry Section: Albert Rau, Senior Vice-Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan

Construction Section: Serik Knockeen, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Agency for Construction and Housing

Public-Private Partnership Section: Bolat Smagulov, Chairman of the Board of JSC “Kazakhstan Center for Public-Private Partnership”.

The press conference dedicated to AstanaInvest 2010 with the participation of Mr Yerlan Kozhagapanov, Deputy Mayor of Astana, press conference will be held on 02 June 2010 at Radisson SAS Hotel.

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Emerging and Frontier Markets Investment 2010 Conference in Singapore

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Analysing investment-stature of emerging and frontier markets, as well as exploring opportunities and challenges present in this highly promising economy

SALVO Global announces Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment 2010 conference, which will be held on July 5th – 6th 2010 in Singapore.

Top global investment officers along with all those who share a keen interest on emerging and frontier markets investment will attend the SALVO Global’s Global Learning Academy 2010 conference.

Emerging and Frontier Markets are suitable for long-term investors as it allows them to avoid “putting all their eggs’ in one basket and thereby increasing the risk of portfolio decline that will be generated by trends in developed markets. However, emerging and frontier markets can give investors a roller coaster ride – risk of political, economic instability, volatile stock markets. Efficient due diligence is essential and requires an in-depth knowledge of its investment potential.

Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment 2010 will provide an alternative investment opportunity for ‘high-risk, high-reward’ seeking investors across the globe with local expertise and insights that are invaluable in understanding the complex, opaque systems that often characterize these rapidly changing markets. Also provides and exclusive opportunity to develop business relationships and network between industry peers, institutional investors, limited partners and providers of investment advisory/information services from the world’s most influential businesses and organizations. Only the best speakers will be featured in this programme!

Conference speakers are scheduled to include: Wambia Capital LLC & Global Africa Fund Management, Eurasia Capital Management (Kazakhstan), Leopard Capital (Cambodia), Leopard Capital (Sri Lanka), Advance Emerging Capital Limited (UK), Prudential Vietnam Fund Management (Singapore) and many more. Conference participation is by invitation only, in an attempt to preserve quality of the event’s networking encounters. Registration is exclusive so that networking value is retained at the middle to top executive level of delegation and the highest caliber of interaction is ensured among attendees and sponsors.

Regularly updated information on ‘Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment 2010’ conference can be found at http://investemergingfrontiers.com

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Salvo provides cutting-edge business knowledge and strategic networking through events like trainings and conferences. We organise mainly public corporate events, the attendees are generally senior decision-makers (C-Level, Directors, GMs, Senior Managers, etc.) from the larger companies (MNCs or local companies) in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Salvo covers Production, Promotion and Delivery of events. Our competences are our acumens in identifying the right topics, our network of global companies and their decision-makers, and our high quality customer service before, during and after event. Visit www.salvoglobal.com for more information.