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14 JUNE 2005
NEPAD EXPLOITATION OR NEPAD ENDORSEMENT?
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The FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA proudly presents you with the following information that may add value to Africa's development. Please direct any correspondence to: info@isupportafrica.com


NEPAD - ENDORSEMENT OR EXPLOITATION
A GLIMMER OF HOPE - NEPAD NIGERIA


We have been keeping a close watch on the activities of the different NEPAD BUSINESS initiatives over the last three years. Most of these initiatives have been claiming NEPAD Secretariat endorsement.

In 2001 the ABR (African Business Roundtable), an exclusive business membership initiative, headed by Mr. Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (Nigeria), received endorsement from the NEPAD Secretariat as "the only representative of business" in Africa. This soon followed with the endorsement of the NEPAD BUSINESS GROUP also headed by Mr. Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (Nigeria).

In November 2004 Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu publicly acknowledged that the NEPAD Secretariat blundered by endorsing the ABR (African Business Roundtable) as "the only business representative" serving business in Africa.

In July 2002, at the AFRICAN UNION BUSINESS SUMMIT, held in Durban, South Africa, delegates were presented with another business organisation - NEPAD BUSINESS COUNCIL headed by Mr. Reuel Khoza (South Africa) - this initiative also received NEPAD Secretariat endorsement.

Besides threatening the fragile relationship between north (Nigeria) and south (South Africa) this NEPAD BUSINESS COUNCIL contributed very little to the development of Africa. The initiative launched the Business Covenants and Declarations on Business in Africa, signed into by some 180 business representatives (mostly South African) - then nothing. They also initiated the very exclusive, almost secretive NEPAD Industry Sector Groupings - then nothing. A name change, in early 2004, to the NEPAD BUSINESS GROUP (SOUTHERN AFRICA) confirmed this north/south conflict.

Now, in June 2005, we are introduced to the NEPAD BUSINESS FOUNDATION also spearheaded by Mr. Reuel Khoza of South Africa. Detail of this initiative was recently launched (June 2005) at the WEF (World Economic Forum) in Cape Town and their website proudly proclaims:

"The Foundation, which is endorsed by the NEPAD Secretariat, will contribute actively to the implementation of the NEPAD Action Programme by ensuring constant communication between the Secretariat and the business community, representing the interests and views of the private sector, and developing best practice standards in corporate governance for the entire region.

Membership to the NEPAD Business Foundation gives organisations the opportunity to interact and network with like-minded companies, whilst further giving them the chance to gain support for projects across the NEPAD region.

The benefits for being a member of the NBF would include:
* Access to a wide-range of contacts and information resources within the business community.
* Access to political and official decision makers in Africa.
* ....."

A list of other benefits then follow!

Membership to the NEPAD BUSINESS FOUNDATION amounts to ZAR10,000.00 (around US$1500.00) for six months!

Once again Africa business is presented with another exclusive business club, endorsed by the NEPAD Secretariat, offering - only for those who can afford the excessive membership - access to political and official decision makers in Africa and constant communication with the (NEPAD) Secretariat.

Once again are the grassroots entrepreneurs and the people of Africa are excluded from participating in Africa's development, for not being able to afford the 6-monthly fee of $1500 to have access to "political and official decision makers" and/or "constant communication with the (NEPAD) Secretariat".

The NEPAD initiative belongs to ALL of Africa - not just a select few!

ALL of Africa must take hands and become united in her efforts to implement this important AFRICAN RENEWAL PROGRAMME.

It is very reassuring to know that the "Commission for Africa" is an all inclusive programme!


A GLIMMER OF HOPE - NEPAD NIGERIA
A statement made by Mrs. (Chief) Chinyere ASISKA, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Nigeria) on NEPAD and Head of NEPAD Nigeria, is relevant:

"For NEPAD to have real impact on the lives and livelihoods of African people -- all stakeholders including the private and public sector, and civil society -- must be mobilised to participate actively in the NEPAD process. The process has to effectively take-off at the national level, and then at the state and local government levels.

Areas that will be receiving particular attention include: intensifying the NEPAD advocacy programme to ensure that its activities are communicated to the grassroots; increased networking with the public and private sectors, including identification of NEPAD strategic partners; partnership with donor agencies and the international community operating in Nigeria; and closer working relationship with the continental office in South Africa and other NEPAD country offices in Africa, particularly within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)."

A full report on NEPAD NIGERIA is available on our website - courtesy NEPAD DIALOGUE - see:
http://www.foundation-development-africa.org/africa_development/nepad/nepad_general/nepad_nigeria.htm

Please send me your comments: peter@isupportafrica.com


OTHER VERY INTERESTING ISSUES:
We have launched a few very interesting statements and report-backs on our website - these include:
* 2nd ROUND TABLE OF THE COMESA FIRST LADIES
* WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2005 - THE PRESSING ISSUE OF AID TO AFRICA
* WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF) Africa Summit 2005
* FINANCING SME'S IN SUDAN

See: http://www.foundation-development-africa.org/africa_development/other_africa_issues/index.htm


Take care


COMMENTS RECEIVED


14 June 2005
Dear Peter - thank you for your email and the information supplied.
I thought your article in your latest newsletter was very thought-provoking - inclusiveness is so important to the success of Nepad!
Kind regard
Sandra
Sandra VAN LINGEN
British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa Ltd
South Africa

14 June 2005
Hi Peter
I think for NEPAD to realise its dream we need to identify cracks as soon as possible, for having selective endorsements based on finance will lead to exclusion of a majority of Africans.
As NEPAD is for Africa by Africans we must not forget where we come from, having these exclusive clubs in my opinion will lead to corruption in many forms. Africa is not a rich continent and the gap between the rich and the poor is wide infact huge, this exclusive clubs will only make matters worse. Having huge purse clubs will lead to fronting and all sorts of associated (white collar) corruption, it must be brought to the attention of petriotic Africans that NEPAD must accomodate all Africans for it to be a success.
Regards
Irvin Tshepo Mashabane
Bigen Africa (SA)
South Africa

14 June 2005
Hi Peter
I found your mail interesting and enlightening.
Regards
Laurinda Seabra
Empowerment Gateway
South Africa

14 June 2005
Dear Peter
I do support the sentiment. Business is supposed to be accessible to all, including women in (South) Africa.
Chana Majake
Chief Executive Officer
Commission on Gender Equality
South Africa

14 June 2005
You've got this wrong. The SA NBG just changed their name in line with becoming a section 21 company etc.
Dianna Games
Africa @ Work
South Africa

14 June 2005
Hi
Keep up the good work!
Best wishes
Jeunesse Park
CEO
Food & Trees for Africa
South Africa

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