East London International Convention Centre hosts Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship

The 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship, a cutting-edge and interactive forum for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, policy makers and donor representatives from across the world, will be held at the East London International Convention Centre from 28 to 30 May 2013. It will be the first time that this three day forum will be held in Africa.

Close to 900 delegates representing both developed and developing countries, including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, France, India, Kenya, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt and as far afield as Brazil are expected to attend this event. They will discuss and learn how innovations can boost job-led growth and tackle economic and social needs while using the full power of the information, communication and green technologies.

The Global Forum is organised jointly by infoDev, a global innovation program of the World Bank, South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology and the Eastern Cape Province.

“With its subtropical climate, East London is a sought-after conference destination year round for both local and international clients and the East London International Convention Centre, as a multi-functional venue equipped with state-of-the-art technology is best suited to the Global Forums’ overall innovative set-up,” says Sigal Nassimov Geva, Assistant Operations Manager of Premier Hotels and Resorts, which manages the East London International Convention Centre.

Incorporating good practices from other global events, the Global Forum will feature “Davos style” panel sessions to foster open debates and lively interaction, the use of external moderators, small group work and the facilitation of remote participation; all of which will provide ample opportunity for networking, dialogue, training and sharing of experiences.

Some of the highlights from the three day programme are:

Keynote speeches by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom; the World Bank’s Vice-President for Finance and Private Sector Development, Janamitra Devan; the Eastern Cape Premier, Noxolo Kiviet; the Founder of Convergence Partners, Andile Ngcaba and the Chairperson of the Sekunjalo Group, Dr Iqbal Surve, a “Dragons’ Den” business pitching competition, featuring 50 inspiring entrepreneurs and interactive sessions on mobile innovation, access to finance, business incubation, green growth, agribusiness, women’s entrepreneurship, and innovation ecosystems.

“Top local and global conferences have changed in format quite radically and the need to tailor make solutions to suit the event has become more prevalent than ever. The ELICC has proven to be an ideal venue for such events in the past and is the perfect venue to hold the intensive three day Global Forum Conference”, says Nassimov-Geva.

Says Department of Science and Technology Director-General Dr Phil Mjwara, “The Department took this as an opportunity to highlight the importance of establishing strong links and systems in the poorer regions of the country to encourage innovation and build capacity. Hence, giving an opportunity of this magnitude to a province like the Eastern Cape could assist in addressing the imbalances of development in South Africa.”

“With the support of the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism and our partner, InfoDev, we believe that this year’s Global Forum will be a success.”

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