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Membership to the NEPAD secretariat endorsed NEPAD BUSINESS FOUNDATION amounts to ZAR10,000.00 (around US$1500.00) for six months!
This excessive fee is again ensuring that the NEPAD initiative is only available to a select few.

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                 INITIAL DISCUSSION - FOR A NBF - AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN MAPUTO - 2-4 JUNE 2004
                 LAUNCH OF NEPAD BUSINESS FOUNDATION MOVING AHEAD
                 ....AND NOW - THE CONTINENTAL BUSINESS CHAMBER
                 NEPAD BUSINESS FOUNDATION - WEBSITE

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Since the launch of the NEPAD initiative in 2002, has business been in search of ways on how to interact with the NEPAD Secretariat.

A number of private sector initiatives such as ABR – African Business Roundtable – Tukur – Nigeria; NBG – Nepad Business Group (Continental) – Tukur – Nigeria and the NBG – Nepad Business Group (Southern Africa) – Khoza – South Africa, have emerged - all ‘endorsed’ by NEPAD Secretariat. These initiatives have yet to deliver anything substantial that will allow ALL of Africa’s business to ‘interact’ and ‘participate’ in Africa’s development - see:
NEPAD BUSINESS GROUP(S)

When the FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA approached the NEPAD Secretariat, in February 2002, to identify ways of participating in NEPAD initiatives and for NEPAD endorsement, we were told “not to reinvent the wheel - join the ABR - African Business Roundtable” The ABR, at the time, insisted on around US$ 5000.00 annual membership fee! This exclusive, NEPAD endorsed, “Business Club” was only available to a very select few, eliminating 99.9% of African business to participate in the NEPAD initiative.

However - a number of ‘select’ businesses have been ‘interacting’ and ‘participating’ in select NEPAD approved projects – these ‘elite businesses’ have been exclusively ‘selected’ to participate in the elusive NEPAD INDUSTRY SECTORS, established by the Nepad Business Group (Southern Africa). Very little or no information is readily available on the projects being implemented see:
NEPAD INDUSTRY SECTORS

Now the Nepad Business Group (Southern Africa) is structuring the NEPAD BUSINESS FOUNDATION - This initiative is to be launched at the World Economic Forum to be held in Cape Town in June 2005.

More news for Africa business is the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Business Forum which was formed last year will assist in launching a continent-wide African Chambers of Commerce and Industries – also to be launched in June at the World Economic Forum - see:
....AND NOW - THE CONTINENTAL BUSINESS CHAMBER

PLEASE NOTE

THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA has (once again) offered the expertise and know-how of the FDA and the I SUPPORT AFRICA campaign to the NEPAD BUSINESS FOUNDATION coordinators and the NEPAD Secretariat in an effort to expedite this NEPAD/BUSINESS liaison initiative.

Our constructive criticism of these "processes" need not be seen as a constraint in Africa's development - we are pleading for a "process" that will allow inclusive participation of ALL our people.

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