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30 MAY 2006
AFRICA ACHIEVES HOWEVER .. NEPAD.?
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AFRICA ACHIEVES HOWEVER .. NEPAD.?

The 2006 World Economic Forum on Africa, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa this week will feature the theme: "Going for Growth".

Africa's growth has achieved its best performance in 30 years with an expected growth of 5,8% for the current year, this following a three year growth average of 5%.

NEPAD was severely criticised by Mr. Haiko ALFELD, Director Africa of the WEF - World Economic Forum. This criticism was for non-performance particularly with regard infrastructure projects not being implemented therefore hampering growth in Africa. More concerning is the comment made by ALFELD: "..there is a sense of disillusionment at the lack of progress from NEPAD, it has lost steam and is seen as an ethos rather that a plan of action. It (NEPAD) has no implementation capacity"

There is no doubt that business, to a large extent, has lost interest in this NEPAD "thing" due to lack of NEPAD Secretariat proactive participation in private sector and civil society initiatives. With the exception of the E-Schools project and possibly a few projects in the Agricultural Sector, all private sector initiated and NEPAD endorsed projects, very little has been achieved - see:
http://www.foundation-development-africa.org/nepad/index.htm

The IDC's - Industrial Development Corporation, Ms Lindi TOYI supported Haiko ALFELD concerns re NEPAD, urging NEPAD to stimulate infrastructure development and to address the private sectors' lack of interest.

Since the NEPAD launch in 2002, has the Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA) been pleading for a 'process of participation' from the NEPAD Secretariat. This PPP - Process of Positive Participation recently showed signs of promise yet delivered nothing - no implementation. I believe it is now time for the private sector to take the lead, initiate projects and extend an invitation to NEPAD to participate.

Never before has a private sector initiative been better poised to continue supporting this positive growth in Africa. The Foundation for the Development of Africa has through its numerous initiatives, including the promotion of investment and business opportunities in Africa, truly contributed to our continents growth and will continue to do so for time to come.

This morning our websites were featured/ranked/rated 1; 2; 3 and 4 when searching the internet for 'business development africa' on www.google.com this from 128,000,000 (128 million) WebPages.


I would have liked the theme of the 2006 WEF Summit to have been: "Going for Growth by Walking the Talk". May there be fruitful deliberations!


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Take care


COMMENTS RECEIVED

30 May 2006
Greetings Peter,
Thanks for you article on the critic around the slow performance on NEPAD.
As an ordinary African it pains me to see that development on our continent is always stifled by a lack of execution/implementation capacity.
We have the ability to put all these great ideas on paper, but come implementation we are found wanting.
How can we as ordinary citizens get involve in assisting in making these ideals come to fruition?
There is no doubt in my mind that given the chance people like myself will realise the aspirations of those that took the trouble to write up all those plans.
Can you put me in touch with someone whom I can explore NEPAD opportunities with?
Thank you and Regards,
LOGISTICS SPECIALIST
Dean T Diane
Safcor Panalpina
South Africa

30 May 2006
Dear Peter,
Thank you very much for your E-mail of earlier today.
Kind Regards,
David Mendel
South African Embassy
Israel

30 May 2006
Hi Peter
Just to let you know that CompuTainer has been extensively involved in the e-Schools project with AMD, Oracle, Microsoft and CISCO. We have deployed our software on e-Health to over 90 schools in Africa along with these consortiums and their respective partners.
Regards
Mark Van der Merwe
CompuTainer Pty Ltd
South Africa

30 May 2006
Hi Peter
Fabulous feedback. Thanks a million.
Have forwarded to my client ITC's Trade in Services (TSS) Division.
Thanks
Nicci Columbine
Communications and Consulting
South Africa

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