In a year of high-level discussions on the challenges faced by
The morning session focused on general economic perspectives for
Agreeing that aid could not be the answer, several speakers found encouragement in steadily prudent economic policies in
The afternoon session dealt with the issue of the continent’s private sector development. In his introduction,
Organised annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the OECD Development Centre, the Forum included an introduction to their 2004-2005 African Economic Outlook (AEO) report, an annual independent update on the economic and political situation in 29 African countries. The new AEO attracted an animated discussion in the Forum’s “questions and answers” sessions, with many participants applauding its neutrality in assessing questions of African development.
9:30-10:00 Registration – tea/coffee
Introductory remarks by Ambassador Basílio Horta, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD & Chair, OECD Development Centre Governing Board
Opening Statement by Omar Kabb
Opening Statement by Kiyo Akasaka, Deputy Secretary General, OECD
I. 2005: Challenges for Africa in the International Context
Chair: Omar Kabb
10:30-10:50 Highlights of the African Economic Outlook 2005
Presentation by Henock Kifle, Chief Economist, African Development Bank
African economies have just registered their highest overall growth in eight years - more than 5 per cent in 2004 - thanks to high oil and metal prices, good results in agriculture and prudent economic policies. Growth in the next two years should be just as high, or even better. But can it be sustained and lead to long-term improvements in the lives of Africa’s populations? And what can trade partners and donors do to help?
10:50-12:10 Panel Discussion
Soumaïla Cisse, President, Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
Athanassios Theodorakis, Deputy Director-General, DG Development, European Commission
Graham Stegmann, Director 2005/Strategic Adviser to the Management Board, Department for International Development, United Kingdom
Richard Dowden, Executive Director, Royal African Society, United Kingdom
12:10-13:00 Questions & Answers
II. Financing Africa's Development
Chair: Louka T. Katseli, Director, OECD Development Centre (Speech)
15:00-15:30 Highlights of the African Economic Outlook 2005 focus on financing the development of Small and Medium Enterprises’
Pierre Ewenczyck, Co-ordinator, African Economic Outlook (presentation)
Private sector development is widely regarded as essential in the fight against poverty in Africa. Along with a general lack of private flows to the continent, limited access to financial resources, especially for small and medium enterprises, continues to impede the sector’s diversification. Several innovative proposals have been put forward. How can they be turned into action?
15:30-16:15 Panel Discussion
Aicha Ennaifar, Director, Directorate General of Industrial Strategies, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Small & Medium Enterprises, Tunisia (presentation)
Pierre Jacquet, Executive Director, Strategy Directorate, Agence Française de Développement, France
Paul Derreumaux, President, Bank of Africa Group (presentation)
16:15-16:45 Tea/coffee break
16:45-17:15 Panel Discussion (continued)
Elizabeth Littlefield, CEO, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) pr
Martin Abega, Executive Secretary, Groupement Inter-patronal du Cameroun (GICAM) (presentation)
17:15-18:00 Questions & Answers
Donald J. Johnston, Secretary General, OECD
Brigitte Girardin, Minister Delegate for Cooperation, Development and Francophony, France (concluding remarks)
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