EVENTS Macro Conference 2021 Absa | Corporate and Investment Banking > Insights and Events > Macro Conference 2021 SHARE Absa’s clients rely on the unparalleled insights produced by our highly regarded research teams and the expert speakers we host to inform their thinking about business and investment decisions. Our highly regarded Macroeconomic and Fixed Income and Commodity Currency research team provides extensive research across Africa and our equity research team provides in-depth analysis of the important names listed on African stock exchanges. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide top-notch business research and thought leadership to our clients. We are proud to bring you the fifth edition of our annual Macro Conference, designed to challenge and inspire your thinking. With this conference, we aim to help clients “take a step back” from day-to-day information and focus on the bigger strategic picture as influenced by developments in the macro-environment. Macro 2021: Questions on Sustainability Humanity continues to grapple with the complex problem of how to secure the economic, environmental and social (ESG) wellbeing for future generations, and Africa is no exception. The continent has some important opportunities, and will have to confront many challenges as the world transitions to a more sustainable future. Can political and social stability hold, against the backdrop of sharply rising populations and widening economic inequalities? What does the ESG focus on financing mean for Africa’s development, as carbon becomes increasingly difficult to finance? What are the viable paths to fiscal and debt sustainability for indebted African countries? Conference Agenda 09:00 – 09:05 MC Mamokete Lijane, Senior Sales Trader, Global Markets, Absa CIB 09:05 – 09:10 Opening and Welcome Garth Klintworth, Head of Global Markets, Absa Group 09:15 - 10:15 ESG Investing: mere window dressing or the right approach? In discussion with Tariq Fancy, Founder and CEO, The Rumie Initiative Host: Jeff Gable, Chief Economist, Absa CIB 10:20 -11:20 Africa’s debt sustainability and the road ahead In discussion with Gregory Smith, Emerging Markets Fund Manager at M&G Investments and Anne-Laure Kiechel, Global Sovereign Advisory Founder and CEO Host: Samantha Singh, Fixed Income, Currency and Credit Strategist 11: 25 – 12:25 Africa’s demographics: challenge or opportunity? In discussion Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Host: Peter Worthington, Senior Macro Economist, Absa CIB 12:30 - 12:35 Reflections Anthony Kirui, Head of Global Markets, Absa Regional Operations & Head of Global Markets, Absa Bank Kenya 12:30 - 12:35 Closing and Thanks Diteboho Khumalo, Head of Institutional, FIC and FX Sales, Absa CIB Event link https://cib.absa.africa/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/file_example_MP3_700KB.mp3 Related Articles EVENT The Pan-African bank that drives innovative solutions Absa will participate in and sponsor the 2nd CII Summit on Innovative Financing Partnership with Africa on 24 – 25 November 2021. EVENT Champagne Tasting Sheet Download this handy tasting sheet to record your impressions of your Champagne tasting journey. CHAMPAGNE We let our wines do the talking Interview with Antoine Roland-Billecart Deputy General Manager There are days when we just love our job, and this was one of them! We had the pleasure of interviewing Antoine via Zoom, while sitting in our wonderful new office at the Old Mill in Stellenbosch. Clear blue skies and a curious sunbird provided a congenial backdrop to our chat about Champagne, all in that charming French accent! The only improvement would have been if we were actually sitting in Champagne. Oh wait… our Club Champagne founder is there right now, but more on that later. CHAMPAGNE Champagne – it’s for sharing! Interview with Pierre Hermé by Bulles & Millésimes Pierre Hermé is world famous for his macaroons and pastry… and he has a passion for Champagne. He was awarded the title of World's Best Pastry Chef in 2016 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants and as the fourth most influential French person in the World by Vanity Fair in 2016.