Event – African Transformation Forum 2016
Location – the Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda
Date – 14–15 March 2016
Client – the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the Government of Rwanda
The Forum attracted a broad mix of public- and private-sector officials representing almost three-dozen countries across four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Among African attendees, 20 countries were represented.
Participants hailed from every major transformation stakeholder group: government leaders, national policymakers, business executives, entrepreneurs, and civil society, as well as international development organizations, global foundations, and leading African institutions. In addition to top government officials and ministers from Rwanda and other countries, the Forum featured a diverse array of influential African experts, including Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa at the World Bank; Antoinette Sayeh, Africa Department Director of the IMF; Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development; and Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Director, African Capacity Foundation. K.Y. Amoako, ACET’s Founder and President, joined Claver Gatete and Carlos Lopes in opening the Forum by describing the “remarkable consensus, both within and outside Africa, that economic transformation holds the key to sustained growth and prosperity.”
Transformation is now endorsed by the African Union, African Development Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, and African heads of state and government as the continent’s leading development paradigm. The Forum concluded with the official launch of the Coalition for Transformation in Africa, a broad network of experts who will join forces and work across sectors to drive policy and institutional reforms in support of transformation strategies.