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Digital Events: A Catalyst for Economic Recovery

From the 1st to the 30th of September 2020, dmg events will be hosting the e-Food & Hospitality Next Summit – Africa’s first dedicated digital food and hospitality experience.

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This cyber offering is one of several developed by dmg in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis to keep industries connected and ensure that conversation continues. According to the company’s Vice President, Devi Paulsen-Abbott,            “Our digital offerings are designed to help the industries we support to plan for and create economic activity in the post-pandemic world.”

She explains that dmg’s digital shift has been designed to address short-to-medium term issues and opportunities that are arising as waves of the market re-open. Offerings that have emerged have included Transport Evolution World’s Coffee with the CEO series which comprises strategic discussions with high level professionals from the transport industry to understand the effect that COVID-19 has on various port, rail and road authorities. .

Another is the Big 5 Digital Festival of Construction Africa 2020 – the first online event of its kind supporting infrastructure and construction communities across the continent. Taking place from Tuesday, the 21st to Thursday, the 23rd of July 2020, this event will feature speakers such as Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development, James Macharia and Head of Infrastructure Investment in the South African Presidency, Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa. They, together with a slew of other speakers from around the world, will be tackling topics such as shifting to and embracing a ‘project economy’ culture in post pandemic times; construction as a key driver for sustainable economic development for African countries; and looking at the future: stimulating sustainable urban developments across Africa, amongst others.

On 23 July 2020, dmg events will be hosting a virtual briefing session for all of the international consular embassies in South Africa to discuss about the future of supply chains in Africa.

She concludes, “It is critically important that the digital world enables recovery from the biggest disruption of our time. That said, digital events will never replace live ones – both have value and can be used to support each other and provide a hybrid experience. Our online offerings are here to support industry over a 365-day period, while our annual regional events remain the cornerstone platforms to bring decision-makers together to network in-person and do business.”

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