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African Leaders in Dialogue Dinner 2014

Montecasino, Johannesburg, South Africa – Tuesday, 11 November 2014

During the NEPAD Business Foundation’s fourth annual African Leaders in Dialogue dinner, the African Union Chairperson, Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, unpacked the AU’s ‘Agenda 2063’ framework to key stakeholders and sat on a panel discussion which deliberated on Africa’s 50 year master plan.

African Leaders In Dialuogue Partners 2014

The event was attended by high level government officials with over 51 members of the Diplomatic Corp constituting of G20 and African Ambassadors to South Africa and over 300 members of the private sector and captains of industries.

An esteemed panel delegation which included H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - Chairperson of the African Union; Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki - CEO of the NEPAD Agency; H.E. Bene M’Poko - Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Dean of Ambassadors to South Africa); Deputy CEO - PwC Southern Africa and NBF Chairman; Ms. Mizinga Melu, Chief Executive: Regional Management, Barclays Africa Group; Mr Michael O’Brien Onyeka, Executive Director, Greenpeace Africa and Mr. Lawrence Ndambuki Muli, Programme and Policy Advisor, African Observatory for policy Practice and Youth Studies sat to deliberate on the theme, ‘Africa’s Agenda 2063: a 50 year road map to Africa’s economic integration’, and provided their insights of painting a picture of the “Africa we want” in 50 years time.

Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma delivered the keynote address at the dinner and during interviews with the media, she said, “Africa’s Agenda 2063 belongs to all Africans. It is an inclusive continental social, economic and political rejuvenation framework which will pull together efforts by government, business and all Africans, congruently guiding their activities towards Africa’s growth and development over the next 50 years.”

This new framework by the Africa Union will enhance and build on the successes of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiative and was welcomed by both business and government.

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency who participated in the panel discussion said, “Africa’s Agenda 2063 is a legacy building initiative which scopes the critical development objectives for the continent and identifies key participants, clearly outlining their roles in a cooperative strategy aimed at achieving true economic development for Africa in 50 years.”

Speaking during the panel discussion, Mr. Stanley Subramoney, Chairman of the NBF said, “It is important for us to set our own goals and targets for development and design the frameworks to manage indigenous formed strategies for continental growth. Africa’s Agenda 2063 embodies the ideal of Africa taking ownership and responsibility for its future.”

The NBF and NEPAD Agency’s African Leaders in Dialogue dinner has grown since the inaugural event held in 2009 and continues to attract the media and sponsors such as Barclays Africa. The African Leaders in Dialogue is a working dinner which centres on topical issues relating to Africa’s development and creates an ideal platform for key stakeholders from both the public and private sector, to deliberate and generate solutions to the continent’s challenges.

Speaking on Barclays Africa’s role as sponsor, Ms. Mizinga Melu, Chief Executive: Regional Management, Barclays Africa Group said: “At Barclays Africa, we recognise the role that NEPAD is playing in its overarching objective of enhancing growth and economic development on the continent. The creation of Barclays Africa Group Limited last year positions Barclays well to support development in Africa and deepen the continent’s financial markets. Our wide geographical footprint, our long history and unique capabilities across Africa give us a great opportunity to help facilitate economic growth across the continent.”

The past 50 years of Africa’s story have been focused on increasing political and social gains, however, current trends point to a continental shift in priority with more focus being placed on regional strategies centred on economic growth over the next half a century.

In her closing remarks, Ms Lynette Chen, CEO of the NBF said, “Africa is poised to become the leading global supplier of raw materials within a century and systems need to be put in place to safeguard Africa’s wealth and ensure equitable distribution of economic gains so that we can achieve sustainable livelihoods and higher standards of living in 50 years.” (Pictures of the event below)

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