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 address

Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission (AUC)

Keynote Speech

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana

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 HarisonCommissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission (AUC)
Stefano Manservisi, Director General for International Co-operation and Development, European Commission
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


Othman El Ferdaous, Secretary of State in Charge of Investment, Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and the Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco
Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO, New Partnership for Africa’s Development
Amel Karboul, CEO, The Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East 
Bonaventure Adjavor, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head, Embassy of the Republic of Ghana to France
Dorothy Ng’ambi Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Samba Bathily, Founder and CEO of Solektra International ADS Group and Advisor of AfroChampions Executive Committee


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

12:00 – 14:00


   Food for Thought [Atrium]

12:10 - 12:30

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

12:40 - 13:00

 “A window into Africa’s Development Statistics” by the Africa Unit, OECD Development Centre

13:10 - 13:30

How can the Private Sector Drive Further Economic Integration in Africa? “ by AfroChampions Initiative

13:40 - 14:00

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

13.00 - 14.00

Aparté [Bookshop]
   “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

12:00 - 14:00

Working Lunch [By invitation only]
   “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 MCTC), Haifa

Key discussant:

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

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, Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa
Mukhisa Kituyi,  Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development  (UNCTAD)
Emmanuel Hategeka, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
Mamadou Diallo, Deputy Secretary-General, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 
Sabine Mueller, Director General of the Africa Department, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Bernardo Mariano Junior, Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)


Faten Aggad-Clerx, Consultant & Associate, Maendeleo Group
Yvonne Mburu, Entrepreneur, Member of the French Presidential Council for Africa and Next Einstein Forum Fellow

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, Africanews


Felwine Sarr, Professor of Economics, University Gaston Berger (Senegal)
Achille Mbembe, Professor of History and Politics, Witwatersrand University (South Africa)
François Héran, Professor, Collège de France (Migrations & Societies) and Institut National d’Études Démographiques Research Associate

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 (AFD)
Rene N’Guettia Kouassi, Director of the Department of Economic Affairs, African Union Commission (AUC)
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


18.10 – 18.20

Presentation: “Uber and the Future of Work in Africa" by Cezanne Maherali, Head of Policy, UBER East Africa