Hosted by ACET in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, the second African Transformation Forum (ATF2018), is a unique, policy-focused event that will bring together leading experts and practitioners to share perspectives on how to accelerate job growth, boost investment, and implement transformation policies.
DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY JUNE 20, 2018
|8:00 am – 8:45 am||Registration/Coffee|
|9:00 am – 9:30 am||
ACET Board Chairman Tito Mboweni will welcome participants. African Union Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey will discuss the importance of economic transformation to the AU 2063 vision—and how the goals and Pan-African approach of ATF2018 can help support that vision.
|9:30 am – 10:00 am||
Pan-African Coalition for Transformation (PACT) Progress Report
At the ATF in 2016, PACT formed as a platform for countries to close gaps between policy design and implementation of transformation strategies by sharing resources, tools, and knowledge. ACET President and founder K.Y. Amoako will review PACT's progress so far and preview the objectives of the PACT working sessions.
|10:00 am – 10:15 am||Coffee Break|
|10:15 am – 13:00 pm||
Parallel Working Sessions
The ATF is an event to mobilize action. It is a chance for countries to define common policy areas where they can excel through mutual support and cooperation. And it is a unique opportunity for non-government stakeholders-in particular the private sector-to engage with governments on this common agenda.
In these parallel working sessions, policymakers and other stakeholders in five PACT Chapters will come together to jointly move their agenda forward. Not every PACT Chapter is at the same stage, so session objectives will differ slightly, reflecting current levels of progress.
|13:00 pm – 14:00 pm||Lunch|
|14:00 pm – 15:30 pm||
Working Sessions (cont'd)
|15:30pm – 17:00 pm||
Parallel Panel Discussions
Each PACT working session will conclude with a moderated panel discussion featuring a country minister, representative from the private sector and development partners, and a sector specialist. The panels should summarize the day’s discussions, reflect on the way forward, and outline the next steps that will be presented in plenary on Day 2.
|18:00 pm – 18:30 pm||Cocktails|
|18:30 pm||Buffet Dinner (all ATF participants)|
ATF Distinguished Lecture
The inaugural African Transformation Distinguished Lecture, the first in a planned series, will be delivered by Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation.
DAY TWO: THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2018
|8:30 am – 9:00 am||Registration/Coffee|
|9:00 am – 9:30 am||
Opening Remarks & Keynote Address
ACET President and founder K.Y. Amoako will welcome participants and discuss the goals of the ATF as well as future transformation directions. His Excellency Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, Ghana, will then deliver the forum's keynote address.
|9:30 am – 10:30 am||
In this dialogue moderated by BBC journalist Sophie Ikenye, Ghana Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta, Rwanda Minister of Infrastructure Claver Gatete, and UN Economic Commission for Africa Executive Secretary Vera Songwe will engage on the different perspectives of transformation at the national, regional, and continental levels, including the critical role of global partnerships and the private sector.
In this dialogue moderated by BBC journalist Sophie Ikenye, Ghana Minister of Finance Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta and UN Economic Commission for Africa Executive Secretary Dr. Vera Songwe will discuss different perspectives of transformation at the national, regional, and continental levels, including the critical role of global partnerships and the private sector.
|10:30 am – 10:45 am||Coffee Break|
|10:45 am – 11:45 am||
Agriculture Powering Africa's Economic Transformation
For many countries, agriculture offers the most direct path to economic transformation. Increasing productivity and outputs in a modern agricultural sector not only would boost food security, it would sustain agroprocessing, expand manufacturing, create employment, and boost incomes. In this session, strategies for how agriculture can power Africa’s transformation, as detailed in the recently published 2017 African Transformation Report, will be discussed. Chaired by Simeon Ehui, Director, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank. Moderated by Bernard Avle, Citi FM and Citi TV.
|11:45 am – 13:15 pm||
Ministerial Reports from PACT Working Sessions
In this discussion featuring Q&A from the floor, one minister from each PACT Chapter will highlight key points from Day 1’s working sessions, focusing on areas of agreement and shared learning—and areas requiring more work. Ministers will draw from breakout reports produced to summarize the way forward for their Chapters, including an outline of country action plans and a preview of follow-up activities.
This session will be moderated by Yaw Ansu, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Ghana.
|13:15 pm – 14:30 pm||Lunch|
|14:15 pm – 14:30 pm||Heads of State arrival|
|14:30 pm – 16:30 pm||
Transforming Africa: A Conversation Between Heads of State and Private Sector CEOs
Africa’s economic transformation will require tremendous financial resources, specifically a greater role for the private sector and more effective domestic resource mobilization. In the first part of this session, Excellencies President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Republic of Ghana, President Paul Kagame, Republic of Rwanda and Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, will share their visions for transforming Africa—and how to finance that transformation, including the key role of foreign and domestic business. During the second part of this session, the Heads of State will be joined by two African CEOs, Chairman & CEO of Dangote Group Aliko Dangote and Executive Vice President, Ghana-Nigeria, of Unilever, Yaw Nsarkoh in a lively discussion about the strong partnership that is needed between the public and private sectors to enact—and maintain—a successful transformation strategy, moderated by Sophie Ikenye.
|16:30 pm||Closing Remarks|