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Talk & Dinner | What does it mean for Gabon & Togo to join the commonwealth

November 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+8


About the Event

Two Francophone African countries recently joined the Commonwealth. Togo: a promising regional banking, transportation and tech hub whose take off so far has been thwarted by protectionism, security threats, etc. Gabon: a country with a relatively young population, rich in oil and forestry, and home to modern and ancient natural wonders such as the Oklo natural nuclear fission reactor and one of the oldest (2.1billion years) multi-cellular life forms on earth called Gabonionta.
In addition to discussing the natural and human resources of the two countries, we will explore what it means for Gabon and Togo to join the Commonwealth; for the ordinary citizen, and for domestic and foreign investors. What are the opportunities and challenges ahead?



5:00 – 5:30pm – Reception + Networking
5:30 – 5:35pm – Opening remarks (Andrew Wells)
5:35 – 6:15pm – Talk: What does it mean for Gabon to join the Commonwealth (Innocent Mutanga)
Talk: What does it mean for Togo to join the Commonwealth (Darius Dzadu)
6:15 – 6:20pm – Comfort break
6:15 – 6:45pm – Togolese and Gabonese citizens sharing
6:45 – 6:50pm – Closing Remarks (Julia Charlton)
6:50 – 7:00pm – Break
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Dinner + Networking

Covid restrictions: The Africa Center is a private venue which adheres to the Government’s Covid rules and guidelines.  Guests are required to take a RAT test on the morning of the event and bring a photograph of the result to register under the “Leave Home Safe App”.  Social distancing rules will be observed during the event, and masks worn except during consumption of food and drink.”


Mr. Darius Dzadu

Originally from Togo, Darius is one of the prominent faces in the African and refugee community in Hong Kong. He has been a strong advocate for refugee rights locally, regionally, and internationally where he represented and voiced out for his community through speeches, outreaches, and conferences. He has spoken on various occasions, including TEDxWanChai 2018, representing the refugee community in Hong Kong, convincing the public that refugees are not a burden but resources to their host communities. Speech title: “Refugees are a resource, not a burden” https://youtu.be/rIP2rNFO1kM.

Mr. Andrew Wells

Mr. Andrew Wells is Chairman of China Golden Bridge Group, a family company with interests in public services and real estate consultancy; financial services and M&A; and hospitality and green development.
Andrew was a long-standing member of the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong and is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors. His roles in the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce include Vice Chairmanship of the Asia Africa Committee, membership of the Europe and Real Estate and Infrastructure Committees and membership of the Belt and Road Initiative and Sustainable Finance Working Groups.

Ms. Julia Charlton

In addition to being the chairman of the Commonwealth Chamber Hong Kong, Julia is the founding and managing partner of Charltons, an award winning Hong Kong corporate finance Hong Kong law firm. Julia is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and the BVI. She practises in the field of corporate finance, including M&A, private equity, securities, virtual assets and funds. She is also a member of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council (CWEIC)’s Global Advisory Council.

Innocent Mutanga

Dedicated to rebranding blackness in Asia, Innocent Mutanga launched the Africa Center Hong Kong at the turn of 2019. The platform & creative hub has since gained traction with its onsite programs seeing around 300 users in a week. The center runs a range of onsite programs from an African Literature Book Club to African Cooking Workshops. In addition, the center runs off-site cultural competency and DEI programs in schools and companies, tours of ChungKing Mansions and has a growing online presence.
As a well-known speaker and community leader, he is a strong advocate of the value of businesses in driving international and Commonwealth relations.


Africa Center Hong Kong
+852 9260 6185
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Africa Center Hong Kong
12/F, 21 Hillwood Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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