July 15, 2021
African Transformation Forum
ACET convened the third African Transformation Forum as a 3-hour virtual event on July 15. The forum featured the launch of the latest edition of ACET’s flagship publication. African Transformation Report: Integrating to Transform explores the critical need for African countries to work together beyond trade to tackle shared challenges, harness regional opportunities, and enable economies to scale—and in turn, accelerate Africa’s economic transformation.
The forum provided a platform for diverse stakeholders to discuss the ways countries can collaborate to remove barriers and address national priorities through regional solutions: ensuring productive jobs for a young and rapidly growing workforce, fostering innovation and digital technologies, and managing climate risks.
Almost 300 participants attended the forum. They heard highly committed and influential leaders from government, business, academia, and civil society strategize and share ideas on how to strengthen Africa’s transformation agenda. Ghana Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia delivered the keynote address.
Other special guests and discussants included Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia; Tito Mboweni, South Africa Finance Minister and chair of the ACET Board; Souleymane Diarrassouba, Cote d’Ivoire Minister of Trade and Industry; Reeta Roy, CEO of the Mastercard Foundation; Dolika Banda, former CEO, Africa Risk Capacity; and Hafez Ghanem, Regional Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa at the World Bank.