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THE EXPLOITATION OF NEPAD
05 August 2003
PETER METCALFE

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In a recent (20 June 2003) endorsement letter from the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, to the organisers and delegates of yet another conference event addressing the NEPAD initiative, scheduled for 17 - 19 August 2003 in Sandton, South Africa, the Presidents writes:

"It is my pleasure to welcome you to South Africa to participate in the first African Business Titans conference, which is being convened by our Black Business Executive Circle. For the first time, captains of industry on our continent will come together to discuss the economy of our continent."

We would like to remind President Thabo Mbeki that this event will not be the "first time, captains of industry will be coming together" Over the last 14 months an endless list of events have taken place throughout Africa and the world, all to accommodate and seek Africa(n) business interaction with NEPAD. Some event organisers have earnestly endeavored to address the need of 'bringing business together' while others only exploited the opportunity.

One of the first events, featuring 'business leaders' and how business would interact with NEPAD, was initiated by the South African Department of Trade and Industry. This was the all-important AFRICAN UNION BUSINESS SUMMIT held in Durban, South Africa on 1-3 July 2002. The event was the business preamble to the launch of the AFRICAN UNION.

The conclusion of this 'ground breaking' NEPAD endorsed AFRICAN UNION BUSINESS SUMMIT, as detailed in the eventually released 'outcomes document' (see - AU BUSINESS SUMMIT OUTCOMES DOCUMENT) remains unexplored and unused by all other NEPAD endorsed event organisers. This initial African Union Business Summit 'outcome' should have been used as a fundamental induction to any other NEPAD endorsed event. Once again I question the loyalty of event organisers to Africa's (NEPAD) Development programme and their real concern for the actual content of these events - or are they only using NEPAD as a 'draw card'?

Neither the NEPAD Business Council nor the NEPAD Business Group have initiated processes to allow for the participation of SME's in Africa!

We, The Foundation for the Development of Africa, will promote and endorse any event and activity that may positively impact on Africa's sustainable development. We also plead with event organisers, actively involved with these processes, to 'take hands' in their efforts, allow for participation and consider the millions of African's who would like to participate.

NEPAD must be portrayed as an INCLUSIVE process - not EXCLUSIVE!

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