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NEPAD BUSINESS GROUP CONFERENCE
Sandton, South Africa
8 December 2003

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The FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA received the following invitation on 21 November 2003

Mobilising the Private Sector in Support of NEPAD

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Executive President of the African Business Round Table and Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group, would like to invite you, on behalf of both organisations, to attend a one-day conference to discuss mobilising the African Private Sector in the support of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

The conference, hosted by the ABR and the NEPAD Business Group, will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Monday, 8 December 2003, followed by a gala dinner.

The ABR, Africa’s only continent-wide business organisation, would like to engage as many private sector interests as possible to formulate a broad-based structure of interaction and dialogue. To this end, a wide range of top-level business people from around the continent and internationally have been invited to make input into a way forward.

Distinguished Invited Guests and Speakers include:
The President of the Republic of South Africa and Vice-Chairman of the NEPAD Heads of State Implementation Committee, His Excellency President Thabo Mbeki, South Africa
H.E. Alfa Konare, Chairman, AU Commission
Prof. Ibrahim I Gambari, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on African Affairs Prof. Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chairman NEPAD Steering Committee
Mr Reuel Khoza, head of the NEPAD Business Group (SA)
Mr Peter Ondeng, MD of the Kenya NEPAD Business Group
And other Government and Private Sector Business Leaders.

The event will be followed by the ABR’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 9th December at which the restructuring of the organisation, to make it more effective in assisting with the delivery of NEPAD’s goals, will be discussed.

As an interested party in the private sector, we hope you are able to attend this high level conference to make your contribution to the private sector’s role in the continent’s upliftment. Please find attached herewith a registration form which we would ask you to fax or email back to us as soon as possible.

The conference programme will be fowarded to you within the next few days.

Please note there is no fee to attend the event and delegates will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 200 people.


The following programme was presented on the day of the conference:

The Nepad Business Group Conference
“Mobilising the Private Sector in Support of NEPAD”

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
December 8 2003

Opening Welcome Address
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur
African Business Round Table Executive President & Chairman, NEPAD Business Group

Keynote Address
H.E. Alpha Konare
Chairman, African Union Commission


FIRST SESSION


Chair: Ambassador Babacar Ndiaye (Senegal)
Life President of the African Development Bank and Member of High Level Panels of the African Union, Global Coalition for Africa and United Nations

The African Private Sectors Role in the execution of NEPAD's Principles and Objectives
Ambassador Isaac Aluko-Olokun
NEPAD Steering Committee Member and Head Nigeria NEPAD Group


Mobilising the International Community for NEPAD
Mr Steve Godfrey
Director, Commonwealth Business Council and International Representative of the NEPAD Business Group

How Public-Private Partnerships can be leveraged as drivers of NEPAD
Mr George Miseda
Vice President Loita Capital Partners East Africa


SECOND SESSION


Chair: Mr Cader Sayad-Hossen
Vice President, Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce & Industry

The role of South African Business in Promoting the Principles of NEPAD
Mr Reuel Khoza, Chairman of Eskom Enterprises and Head of the NEPAD Business Group (South Africa)

East Africa’s Private Sector and the Role of the Kenya NEPAD Business Group
Mr. Peter Ondeng
MD of the Kenya NEPAD Business Group

Can Africa been led by NEPAD survive the globalisation of the International Community
Dr Khalid Al Mansour
Al Mansour and Associates, New York

How the NEPAD Business Group can Best Further the Aims and Objectives of NEPAD
Mr Henry Castelnau
Delegate, CIAN (French Council of Investors in Africa)

Vodacom in Africa: Highlighting the Role of Telecommunications in Africa’s Development (Sponsored Address)
Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
Head of Government Relations, Vodacom Group



THIRD SESSIOM

Chair: Haiko Alfeld
Director, Africa and Middle East, World Economic Forum, Geneva

Putting Together a Credible African Public-Private Partnership for NEPAD
Mr Aziz Dieye
Partner in Charge, Cabinet Aziz Dieye, Senegal, and ABR Member

Integrating Business Associations in Africa for the realisation of NEPAD’s Objectives
Mr Ben van Der Ross
CEO, Business South Africa

Mobilising domestic resources for the implementation of Nepad Sectoral Objectives
Dr Kalu Idika Kalu Financial Consultant and Former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Planning and Transport

African Women in Business – An Integral Part of the NEPAD Process
Ms Joan Currias Namibia


PANEL DISCUSSION

Building Capacity in Organised Business as the Driver of NEPAD

Moderator: Admassu Tadesse Development Bank of Southern Africa

Discussants:
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (ABR, NEPAD Business Group)
Steve Godfrey (Commonwealth Business Council)
Henry Castelnau (CIAN/French Council of Investors in Africa)
Peter Ondeng (NEPAD Business Group Kenya)
Mohamed Jahed (Chief Economist, NEPAD Secretariat)

NEPAD BUSINESS GROUP DEC 2003 CONFERENCE SUMMARY

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