Bay investment seminar attracts top business minds

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Coca-Cola Sabco chief executive Doug Jackson
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Coca-Cola Sabco chief executive Doug Jackson

THE top business minds from across the globe are in the Bay this week to attend an investment seminar.

Now in its second year, the annual Nelson Mandela Bay Investor Seminar includes speakers from Dubai, Gibraltar, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, who will attend the one-day event at the Boardwalk Convention Centre on Thursday.

Topics such as investing in your city, yourself and your staff, identifying investment opportunities and how politics affects investments will be covered.

Local speakers include Mandela Bay Development Agency chief executive Pierre Voges and well-known businessman Khusta Jack, while the keynote address will be delivered by Coca-Cola Sabco chief executive, Doug Jackson.

Jackson took up the reins at Coca-Cola Sabco in 2012, bringing with him almost three decades of wide-ranging experience within the Coca-Cola company where he worked in various countries, including China, England and Egypt.

One of the international speakers at the seminar will be Peter Davis from Sovereign Gibraltar, an offshore investments company. The NMB Investor Seminar is the brainchild of Edge Financial Group managing director Ed Gutsche, who said the number of speakers had almost doubled compared to the first investment seminar held last year in the Bay. “It is going to be bigger and better than last year with a lot more diverse business topics, which will not only focus on investments but also on developments in and around PE, as well as national and international topics,” Gutsche said.

He said he decided to host the investment seminar in the city last year because he got tired of these type of events being held elsewhere in the country.

This year the seminar also includes the first ever Eastern Cape Small Business Network Business Expo as well as “KC Talks” – a series of couch/interview-styled sessions hosted by Khanyisela College, as well as a “power hour” session aimed at school leavers to introduce them to the world of business.

Both of these events are free to the public, however the NMB Investor Seminar requires a booking of R80 to secure your seat or R100 at the door. For more information, find them on Facebook at NMB Investor Seminar. – Business Reporter


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