Africa Forum 2018

Africa’s Shifting Boundaries 

31 October 2018 - OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

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08:00 – 09:15


9:15 – 10:00

Opening Session

Welcome addresses 

Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission 

Master of Ceremony

Bathylle Missika, Head of division, Networks, Partnerships and Gender, OECD Development Centre

10:00 – 10:30

Africa’s Development Dynamics


The session will introduce the new report Africa’s Development Dynamics, the result of a partnership between the African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre, and launch the 2018 edition of Revenue Statistics in Africa. The discussion will involve representatives from the OECD and the AUC as well as diverse speakers to present the reports' findings and debate their outcomes related to the themes of this year’s forum


Monica Aspe, Chair of the OECD Development Centre Governing Board and Ambassador of Mexico to the OECD


Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission
Stefano Manservisi
Mario Pezzini
, Director, OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development

Key discussant

Stefan Oswald, Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Germany Federal Ministry of Development and Economic Co-operation (BMZ) 

10:30 - 12:00

Session 1: The Promise of Regional Integration


The first session will discuss the question of growth and employment through the prism of regional integration. The 21 March 2018 signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area marks a significant milestone for continental integration. Will this now foster more inclusive growth and create millions of quality jobs? 


Abdelmalek Alaoui, President, La Tribune Afrique


Amel Karboul, CEO, The Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East 
Dorothy Ng’ambi Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre 
Charles Owiredu, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana
Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, New Partnership for Africa’s Development 
Samba Bathily, Founder and CEO of Solektra International ADS Group and Advisor of AfroChampions Executive Committee


Marie Chantal Uwitonze, Founder and President, African Diaspora Network Europe 
Jean-Paul Moatti, President and Director General, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement 
Ammin Youssouf, Co-Founder, AfroBytes 

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch * **  ***

14:00 – 15:30

Session 2: Africa and Migration: Deconstructing Biases 


The second session will address the themes of migration and development in Africa. Based on the latest data, this session offers new perspectives on intra-African migration. As Africa undergoes major transformations, can the continent seize the potential of its intra-regional migration flows to benefit its development?  


Ousmane NdiayeEditor-in-Chief Africa, TV5 Monde


Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa
Mamadou Diallo, Deputy Secretary-General, International Trade Union Confederation 
Mukhisa Kituyi,  Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Emmanuel Hategeka, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board
Bernardo Mariano Junior, Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa, International Organisation for Migration


Faten Aggad-Clerx, Consultant & Associate, Maendeleo Group
Yvonne Mburu, Entrepreneur, Member of the French Presidential Council for Africa and Next Einstein Forum Fellow
François Héran, Professor, Collège de France (Migrations & Societies) and Institut National d’Études Démographiques Research Associate

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 16:45

African Humanities


African intellectuals from the humanities and social sciences will take centre-stage and add their insights to broaden the economic perspectives.


Hannane FerdjaniJournalist, Africa News


Felwine Sarr, Professor of Economics, University Gaston Berger (Senegal)
Achille Mbembe, Professor of History and Politics, Witwatersrand University (South Africa)

16:45 - 18:00 Closing Session: Engineering Unity 

The closing session will invite African Regional Economic Communities as well as diverse speakers to devise on the means and policies necessary to accompany Africa’s shifting boundaries towards a successful integration model.


Isabelle Ramdoo, Senior Associate and Development Economist, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Keynote speaker

Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President, Economic Community of West African States 


Jérémie Pellet, Deputy CEO, Agence Française de Développement
Rene N’Guettia Kouassi, Director of the Department of Economic Affairs, African Union Commission
Laurent Bossard, Director, OECD Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC)

Concluding remarks

Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Patron of the AfroChampions Initiative
Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development

18:00 – 20:00



“When Regional Agendas meet National Interests” by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)


“Windows into Africa’s Development Statistics” by the OECD Development Centre Africa Unit


“Africapolis: Data for Africa’s Urban Future” by the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC)

  ** APARTÉ [Bookshop]
13:00-14:00 “Africa’s Critical Choices – A call for Pan-African roadmap” by Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, NEPAD CEO, in conversation with Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte, Senior Communications Manager, Development
   *** WORKING LUNCH [By invitation only]
12:00-14:00  “Bridging Knowledge and Technology Gaps for Regional Development in Africa” joint MASHAV and OECD Development Centre event on the occasion of MASHAV’s 60th anniversary (in English)


  • Arthur Minsat, Head, Europe, Middle East and Africa Unit, OECD Development Centre


  • Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development
  • Gil Haskel, Head, MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Co-operation
  • Hava Karrie, Director, MASHAV Carmel Training Centre (Haifa)

Key discussant:

  • Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Next Einstein Forum