GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA SUMMIT
What: Global African Diaspora Summit
When: 25th May 2012
Where: Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton CBD, Johannesburg, South Africa
Who: Organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Republic of South Africa
Objectives: The overall objective of the Summit is to discuss how best to harness skills and energies within the continent and abroad for the socio-economic development of Africa and boost synergies as well as facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships with the African Diaspora.
The Summit aims to popularise the Africa Diaspora Summit within the following spheres and sectors:
Government; Academia; think-tanks; Business; Diplomatic Corps; Development Agencies; and the general public
To mobilize African Citizens within the continent and in the Diaspora around the outcomes of the Summit to support the acceleration of the agenda of integration and development on the continent.
Participants: The Summit will bring together leaders from over 60 countries, AU Member States, AU organs, various organizations working for the Diaspora, and other relevant guests
Background: The 17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union had resolved under Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.367 (XVII) to convene the Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africa on 25 May 2012 (Africa Day). The Decision marks the culmination of a process of consultations and meetings between the African continent and its Diaspora on the goals, content, objectives and implementation strategy of the Diaspora process.
The Decision facilitated for the convening of a Ministerial meeting in New York on 24 September 2011 to review the outcomes of a previous Technical Experts meeting as well as the Summit documents of 2007 and consolidate them into a Draft Declaration, Programme of Action and Implementation Strategy for the consideration of the leaders of Africa and its Diaspora in the Summit of May 2012. The consolidated outcome documents would then serve as a basic law guiding the programme and its effective implementation.
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