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SACCJ, Embassy & Softbank CONNECTIVITY Live Webinar

  • 11 Mar 2022
  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • Zoom Online

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SACCJ is excited to invite you to a webinar on making connectivity affordable and accessible across the African continent. We are co-hosting this webinar with the South African Embassy in Japan and the ABE Initiative participants at SoftBank Corp. We would be very happy if you can attend!

The aim of this webinar is to promote a deeper understanding of how Japanese companies can work with African stakeholders to provide "universal access to information and communication technology" (UN SDG 9) in Africa. For that purpose, we will first look at what companies on the African continent are already doing to make connectivity and its benefits more accessible to people in Africa. Then, we will explore how companies outside of Africa (especially those in Japan) could support these efforts.

In line with the vision of the ABE Initiative, we are hoping that this webinar will help build bridges between enterprises in Japan and the African continent for the benefit of all.

This invitation is open and free to the members of SACCJ and their guests*.

Location: Zoom Online Webinar

Time: Friday, 11 March 2022, 14:00-15:00(JST); 07:00-08:00(CAT)

**Sign-in will be allowed from 13:50(JST); 06:50(CAT)

Deadline for registration: Thursday, 10 March 2022, 20:00 (JST) 13:00 (CAT)

Mr. Simon FarrellSACCJ Vice-chairman, will be the MC of the webinar.

Programme:

  • MC by the Vice-chairman of the South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SACCJ), Mr Simon Farrell.
  • Introduction. 
    • (3 min) Opening remarks by the South African Ambassador to Japan, HE LS Ngonyama.
  • Short presentations: What is your company doing to make connectivity and its benefits accessible across the African continent? 
    • (8 min) Customer Experience Executive of Econet Global, Mr Otis Makahamadze.
    • (8 min) Chief External Affairs and Regulatory Officer of Safaricom Ethiopia, Mr Matthew Harrison-Harvey.
    • (8 min) Africa Public Policy Manager for Access and Connectivity of Meta (Facebook), Mr Thys Kazad.
  • Fireside chat: How can companies outside of Africa work together with Econet, Safaricom and Meta to support these efforts?
    • (20 min) Facilitation by the Head of the Global Business Division of SoftBank Corp and CEO of SoftBank Telecom America, Mr Daichi Nozaki.
  • Conclusion.
    • (5 min) Concluding remarks and words of thanks by the ABE Initiative participants at SoftBank Corp.

If you will use Zoom for the first time, please download the Zoom app from the link: Zoom Download.

In order to ensure that you are able to join the webinar, please test your access at this link: Zoom Test.

The Zoom link will be sent out upon completed registration.


WEBINAR FACILITATORS:

Mr Simon Farrell

Vice-chairman of the South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan



Mr Daichi Nozaki

Head of the Global Business Division of SoftBank Corp and CEO of SoftBank Telecom America








PANEL SPEAKERS:

H.E. LS Ngonyama

Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Japan



Mr Otis Makahamadze

Customer Experience Executive of Econet Global






Mr Matthew Harrison-Harvey

Chief External Affairs and Regulatory Officer of Safaricom Ethiopia






Mr Thys Kazad

Africa Public Policy Manager for Access and Connectivity of Meta (Facebook)






ABOUT SACCJ

The South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan was established in 2008 to promote trade and commerce as well as enhance friendship and cultural understanding between the two nations. The SACCJ strives to be a reliable first point of contact for businesses and individuals related to South Africa in Japan, and to provide our members with access to a wealth of information and contacts to assist in their projects, ventures and businesses.

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