Welcome Remarks: Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of AfDB Group Panelists: - H. E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda - H. E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya - Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission - H. E. Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, former President, Republic of South Africa - Hon. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria - Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation Description: The World Economic Forum (WEF) report for 2014 identifies two critical leadership problems globally -- the first is that there is a leadership deficit, and the second is that there is a lack of trust in policies and programmes pursued by leaders. Good leadership will be crucial for enabling Africa to exploit the window of opportunity that has opened up in the past decade, notably its natural resource boom. However, experience indicates that leaders that are resourceful and accountable may be more important "initial conditions" for the development and transformation of their countries than resource abundance per se. Where leadership was inadequate, the pace of industrialization and innovation stagnated, and in some cases was reversed, irrespective of the size of the resource base. In the absence of good leadership, Africa will not be able to reach its global potential. That leadership should be able to produce domestic consensus or coalitions that ensure that sufficient resources and political attention are key to the goal of economic transformation. Some prerequisite elements are a capable state; government and private sector collaboration; a supportive environment for competitiveness; and continuous leveraging and development of the knowledge base. Issues for Discussion 1. How can we nurture visionary African leadership to address any leadership deficit and engender trust in policies? 2. Does Africa need effective institutions more than it needs strong leaders?
Delegates discussing the different sessions they have attended and sharing general impressions from the meeting.
African Development Bank Annual meeting 2014 - Kigali 19-23 May 2-14
Moderator: Ms. Caroline Kende-Robb, Executive Director, African Progress Panel Opening Remarks: Hon. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria Panelists: - Mr. Kofi Annan, the Kofi Annan Foundation - Hon. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria - Mr. Greg Mills, Director, the Brenthurst Foundation - Mr. Patrick E. Ngowi, CEO, Helvetic Group - Ms. Cynthia Caroll, Former CEO of Anglo-American, South Africa Description: This year's Africa Progress Panel Report (APPR) takes a hard look at the risks and opportunities facing the continent. Although 'Africa Rising' has emerged as a new catchphrase, the Africa Progress Panel thinks that there are two sides to the story of the past decade. On one side of the balance sheet are the undoubted successes. Africa's growth has been helped by booming commodity prices and sustained by improvements in macro-economic policy. Agriculture is now, among the sectors, attracting the kind of serious attention needed to fulfill Africa's transformative potential. The other side of the story is less encouraging. Africa may be tracking the pathway of some of the economic success stories in East Asia. But that is where the analogy ends. Africa lacks the human capital, among others, to embark upon a truly transformative economic growth path. The APPR asks what governments across the region need to do if they are to convert a decade of growth into transformative development.