World Economic Forum on Africa Poised for Take Off

28 April 2011 Richard Elliott, Communications, Tel.: +41 (0)22 869 1292, richard.elliott@weforum.org

  • Prominent African and global leaders to take part in the 21st World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, next week
  • South Africa’s President Jacob G. Zuma to host the meeting, which will feature more than 900 participants from over 60 countries – a record for the World Economic Forum on Africa 
  • For more on the meeting, visit: http://www.weforum.org/africa2011 

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Economic Forum announced today at a virtual press conference that more than 900 participants from 60 countries will participate in the 21st World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, from 4 to 6 May 2011. Jacob G. Zuma, President of South Africa, will host the meeting, where participants will gather to deliberate under the theme From Vision to Action, Africa’s Next Chapter.

“Africa is poised for take off,” said Katherine Tweedie, Director, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum. “Sub-Saharan Africa is already one of the top performing regions in the world. The region came through the economic crisis with resilience and the international community is interested in its growth opportunities. The World Economic Forum on Africa will be an opportunity for key leaders from the region and beyond to discuss how this growing confidence in Africa’s potential can be translated into action and results.”

The World Economic Forum on Africa offers an opportunity for business, government and civil society to explore opportunities and risks facing the continent at this important juncture. The meeting has three thematic pillars:Shaping Africa’s Role in the New RealityFostering Africa’s New Champions of Growth; and Building Partnerships for Inclusive Development.

The launch of The Africa Competitiveness Report on the morning of 4 May ahead of the official opening of the meeting will provide valuable insight for the discussions.

The meeting will begin with a highly interactive brainstorming session designed to engage the Forum’s Africa community and kick-start the debate. A collaborative exercise will examine the region’s position in the new reality and identify opportunities to unleash, accelerate and sustain its transition to inclusive, investment-driven growth.

Heads of state/government from Africa who have confirmed their participation include Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo; Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of Mozambique; Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya; Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon; Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe; and Jacob G. Zuma, President of South Africa.

Other top regional and international leaders who will participate include Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006); Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia;Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, Vice-President, Africa Region, World Bank, Washington DC; Donald Kaberuka, President of African Development Bank (ADB), Tunis; Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; and Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry of India.

The Co-Chairs of the meeting who will help shape the agenda are:

  • Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé, Switzerland; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Global Agenda Council on Water Security
  • Timothy Flynn, Chairman, KPMG International, USA
  • P. Mpho Makwana, Chairman, Eskom Holdings, South Africa
  • Linah K. Mohohlo, Governor of the Bank of Botswana; Regional Agenda Council on Africa
  • Rajiv J. Shah, Administrator, USAID - US Government Agency for International Development, USA; Young Global Leader
  • Jubril Adewale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando, Nigeria; Young Global Leader

Notes to Editors

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The rationale of the Scoping Workshops are for the envisaged new UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources (UNU-FLORES) to solidify its scope and mission, to outline the work plan as well as to intensify cooperation in related networks. UNU’s strategic plan foresees as one primary task the strengthening of capacity building in developing and emerging countries and establishing new UNU institutions in the form of twin institutes in these regions. Mozambique and the region have several serious environment-related problems with a series of devastating floods and aggravation of droughts during the last decade. As for the UNU-FLORES Twin in Mozambique, the workshop will also seek to identify research priorities as well as to outline future strategies and structures of the Twin.

The International MCS Network: Third Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop Feb 28 – March 3 2011 Maputo, Mozambique
The re-scheduled 3rd Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) will take place in Maputo, Mozambique Feb 28th to 3rd of March.
The 3rd GFETW was postponed in September 2010 due to unexpected civil unrest in Maputo, Mozambique. The IMCS Network, with guidance from the United Nations, made the decision to postpone the workshop. This was a difficult decision to make as much effort has gone into the preparations. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of attendees. Many speakers and participants, under the advice of their governments’ foreign affairs offices, had to decline participation. 
Holding such an event in Africa will facilitate greater participation by many African countries but will also offer a clear focus on the needs of developing nations to elevate the fight against IUU fishing. Designed for MCS practitioners, the Workshop’s agenda will feature a diverse range of topics. The objective is to provide discussion-provoking presentations on cost effective MCS tools that all countries can benefit from, regardless of the extent of their IUU fishing activity or level of MCS capabilities.
Planned workshop topics include:
Port State Measures - An operational perspective and review.
Certification, verification and traceability.
IUU fishing and artisanal and small-scale fisheries.
Regional Fisheries Management Organisation compliance measures.
Using regional MCS as a cost effective solution to combat IUU Fishing.
Cost effective MCS measures/technology.
Training and capacity building.
International measures to combat IUU fishing.
Regional breakout sessions.
Challenges within fisheries MCS are often similar, even if the regions and fisheries are different or whether you are dealing with national waters or the high seas.  These challenges may include issues involving artisanal vessels, domestic fleets and foreign flagged vessels. At the 3rd GFETW, both traditional and innovative MCS methods and approaches will be presented to tackle these challenges. The five day workshop will be hosted by the Government of Mozambique in cooperation with the International MCS Network, the Stop Illegal Fishing Programme and the Partnership for African Fisheries. This workshop follows the successful 2008 2nd GFETW held in Trondheim, Norway.
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The International MCS Network: Third Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop
Feb 28 – March 3 2011
Maputo, Mozambique

The re-scheduled 3rd Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) will take place in Maputo, Mozambique Feb 28th to 3rd of March.

The 3rd GFETW was postponed in September 2010 due to unexpected civil unrest in Maputo, Mozambique. The IMCS Network, with guidance from the United Nations, made the decision to postpone the workshop. This was a difficult decision to make as much effort has gone into the preparations. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of attendees. Many speakers and participants, under the advice of their governments’ foreign affairs offices, had to decline participation. 

Holding such an event in Africa will facilitate greater participation by many African countries but will also offer a clear focus on the needs of developing nations to elevate the fight against IUU fishing. Designed for MCS practitioners, the Workshop’s agenda will feature a diverse range of topics. The objective is to provide discussion-provoking presentations on cost effective MCS tools that all countries can benefit from, regardless of the extent of their IUU fishing activity or level of MCS capabilities.

Planned workshop topics include:

Port State Measures - An operational perspective and review.

Certification, verification and traceability.

IUU fishing and artisanal and small-scale fisheries.

Regional Fisheries Management Organisation compliance measures.

Using regional MCS as a cost effective solution to combat IUU Fishing.

Cost effective MCS measures/technology.

Training and capacity building.

International measures to combat IUU fishing.

Regional breakout sessions.

Challenges within fisheries MCS are often similar, even if the regions and fisheries are different or whether you are dealing with national waters or the high seas.  These challenges may include issues involving artisanal vessels, domestic fleets and foreign flagged vessels. At the 3rd GFETW, both traditional and innovative MCS methods and approaches will be presented to tackle these challenges.

The five day workshop will be hosted by the Government of Mozambique in cooperation with the International MCS Network, the Stop Illegal Fishing Programme and the Partnership for African Fisheries. This workshop follows the successful 2008 2nd GFETW held in Trondheim, Norway.

@paf