Post Event Summary 2013

innovaBRICS & Beyond convened delegates from 32 emerging markets in London

In its second year, the innovaBRICS & Beyond Conference gathered 220 delegates in Central London on Tuesday, October 8th to debate opportunities and obstacles for investment and growth in emerging markets.

Throughout the day, the keynote sessions featured a world-class line-up of 18 speakers, including government officials, academics and business leaders from industries such as finance, mining, education, trade associations and M&A advisory.

In all, innovaBRICS & Beyond convened representatives from 32 different emerging markets, including BRICS countries plus markets like Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya, Turkey, Colombia, Benin, UAE and Kazakhstan.

Among the speakers at the opening session were South Africa's Minister of Finance, Hon Pravin Gordhan, the Minister Councillor for Economy and Trade of China's Embassy to the United Kingdom, Zhou Xiaoming, Brazil's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Roberto Jaguaribe. They discussed how emerging markets can become the engines for global economic recovery.

"I am very pleased to see that innovaBRICS & Beyond is quickly becoming a powerful community of emerging market leaders and we are looking forward to continuing engaging with our audience via our conferences and the new publication we are launching", said Fernando Faria, Founder of innovaBRICS.

Another highlight of the event was the session titled "Growth and Value", where business executives discussed how emerging markets could achieve long-term sustainable growth. Mark Cutifani, Anglo American Chief Executive, stressed the need for innovation.

"If we stand still, we will fail. We have to continuously innovate to survive", said Mr Cutifani. "Innovation means new products but also better ways to do things. At Anglo American I like to encourage those restless innovators to be brave enough to try something different. I think that's important", he added.

Rwanda's Minister of Finance, Hon Claver Gatete delivered the closing keynote of the day and highlighted the incredible journey his of country has undertaken, from the 1994 Civil War to becoming Africa's 3rd most business friendly nation in 2012, according to the World Bank's "Doing Business" ranking.

The event was sponsored by Brand South Africa and Hogan Lovells, which was also co-host.