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Africa Automotive Forum LIVE

Hosted by the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM)

Powered by Deloitte Africa. Supported by Afreximbank, JETRO, VDA and Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft

The Africa Automotive Forum convened expert stakeholders from the automotive industry to unpack opportunities to unlock the potential of the automotive industry in Africa.

The programme consisted of three Auto Agenda Councils and virtual conferences characterised by an important exchange of ideas through interactive and impactful engagement. The themes of the engagements were:

Key Themes


Enabling policy by government: What governments need to consider in formulating and implementing policies that will contribute to the creation of an automotive ecosystem in order to attract significant automotive investment on the back of strong demand.


Wednesday, 2nd September 2020


14:00 – 15:30 (SAST)

Regional value chains: How to unlock the economic benefits of regional value chains for the automotive industry in Africa?


Wednesday, 16th September 2020


14:00 – 15:30 (SAST)

Driving affordability and mobility solutions: What regulations and policies need to be in place to enable affordable vehicle financing for the African consumer?


Wednesday, 30th September 2020


14:00 – 15:30 (SAST)

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His Excellency Alan Kyerematen

Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana

Mike Whitfield

AAAM President, Chairman of Nissan Group of Africa and Managing Director of Nissan Egypt

Dr. Sahar Nasr

Former Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt, and current Professor at the Department of Economics at the Business School of the American University in Cairo

Masa Sugano

Deputy Executive Director, Africa Region of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Mike Mabasa

Chief Executive Officer of National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA)

Anthony Black

Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town

Renai Moothilal

Executive Director, National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM)

Dr. Markus Thill

President Region Africa, BOSCH Group

Simphiwe Nghona

Group Head, Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF), Standard Bank

Serge Kamuhinda

Director of Business Development for Africa at Volkswagen Group South Africa

Yves Nono

Vice President – Mobility Solutions Sales, Region Africa, BOSCH

Kriengkrai Techakanont

Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, Thailand

Keletsositse Olebile

Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Investment & Trade Centre (BITC)

Gainmore Zanamwe

Senior Manager: Trade Facilitation, Intra-African Trade Initiative; African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Clare Akamanzi

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board

Ridwan Olalere

Country Director for Nigeria, Uber

Gerhard Botha

General Manager: Exports, Toyota South Africa Motors

Why is unlocking the potential of the automotive sector in Africa important?

Message from Thomas Schaefer, AAAM Immediate Past President and CEO of ŠKODA Auto a.s

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