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Africa Forum 2015

Africa Beyond 2015

 Wednesday 9 September 2015 – Berlin, Germany

 Deutsche Telekom AG
Französische Straße 33 a-c
10117 Berlin

Press release

Media Review

Summary Record


Kofi Annan

Former President Köhler

President Mahama

Minister Müller

Pictures from the event


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Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to strengthen to 4.5% in 2015 and 5% in 2016 after subdued expansion in 2013 (3.5%) and 2014 (3.9%). Alongside this solid growth outlook, the global and pan-African discussions provide the continent with an unprecedented opportunity to chart a more inclusive and sustainable growth agenda for the region. In the long-term, the stakes are high: transforming African economies, ending poverty, preserving the environment and ensuring well-being and prosperity.

The Africa Forum is the annual gathering where OECD and African policy makers, private sector representatives, academics and civil society leaders meet to debate the performance of African economies and the challenges ahead. Organised by the OECD Development Centre and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in collaboration with German Federal Foreign Office and in partnership with the African Union Commission, the 2015 edition will focus on Africa’s development agenda beyond 2015. It will do so in light of the debates on Sustainable Development Goals and Financing for Development, the impact of the continent’s future demographic development on its economic transformation, and the policy responses to climate change.


The debates benefited from the conclusions of the African Economic Outlook 2015 report, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The publication is available at


Expected speakers include (in alphabetical order):


Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General, President of the Africa Progress Panel, Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation
H.E. Kassi Jean-Claude Brou, Minister of Industry, Côte d’Ivoire
H.E. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, France
Stefan Kapferer, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Horst Köhler, Former President of Germany, Member of High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Germany
René N'guettia Kouassi, Director of Economic Affairs, African Union Commission (AUC)
H.E. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana
H.E. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD)
Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
H.E. Erastus J. O. Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission (AUC)
H.E. Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, President, Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Mario Pezzini, Director, Development Centre, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
General Herilanto Raveloharison, Minister of Economy and Planning, Madagascar
Georg Schmidt, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
H.E. Victoire Tomegah-Dogbé, Minister of Development, Craftsmanship, Youth and Youth Employment, Togo
Francis D. Yamba, Director, Centre for Energy Environment and Engineering Zambia (CEEEZ), Vice Chair Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Lamia Zribi, Secretary of State to the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Tunisia



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