Friday, October 26
||Coffee and Light Breakfast
||Panel: "Regional Factors—Facilitators and Barriers to Progress"
Regionally-specific issues—namely, public health, education, financial access, demographics, entrepreneurial infrastructure, governance, and transitioning economic activities around agriculture and livestock—are defining the business climate in Africa. At the same time, regional organizations such as ECOWAS, the EAC, the AU are providing the basis for cohesive market development in Africa—which many argue is a prerequisite for successful economic development. But is this the best way forward? While some countries remain mired in conflict and post-conflict states, do they negatively impact the prospects of the high-potential economies discussed in the first session? How are these issues impacting decision-makers and contributing to a change in opportunity and scale in Africa?
- Alex de Waal, Executive Director and Research Professor, World Peace Foundation, The Fletcher School
- Kwesi Botchwey, former Minister of Finance, Republic of Ghana
- Leonce Ndikumana, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Reid E. Whitlock, President, African School of Finance & Banking, Kigali, Rwanda
||Words from our Conference Partners: "Hitachi's Vision for Africa," with Minoru Tsukada, President, Hitachi Research Institute
||Special Discussion: "Private Sector as a Catalyst for Development," moderated by Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- Wendy Peter Abt, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, U.S. Agency for International Development
- Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa
- Mouhamadou Niang, Manager, Industries & Services Division, Private Sector Department, African Development Bank
- Ian Solomon, United States Executive Director, World Bank Group
Introduction by Fletcher's International Development Club and Net Impact Chapter
||Panel: "Implications for Business and Social Enterprises"
In practical terms, what countries, sectors, and partnerships will yield positive outcomes for both private sector actors and African markets as a whole? How do entrepreneurial support and other forms of financial inclusion hold promise for economic development? How do the national, regional, and global factors explored in this agenda come together to shape the climate for investment and private sector development in Africa? Finally, does the prospect of a positive investment climate in key emerging African economies hold promise for the populations of these countries? Unique country and investment cases, as well as examples and opportunities in enterprise development, energy, telecoms, and agriculture, will be explored.
- Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean, International Business & Finance, The Fletcher School
||Closing Discussion: led by Bhaskar Chakravorti
Wine and Cheese Reception
Featuring a performance by the Fletcher Ambassachords
||The day will conclude at approximately 4:30pm.