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APN, AAI to host maiden Global Africa Forum in New York

The GAF will serve as a platform to identify appropriate measures with which to channel global Africa funds to enhance intra-African trade

The Africa-America Institute (AAI), a premier U.S.-based international organisation dedicated to strengthening human capacity of Africans, in collaboration with the Africa Prosperity Network (APN), organisers of Africa Prosperity Dialogues (APD), will jointly host the Global Africa Forum (GAF) on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.

The 2023 Global Africa Forum is jointly organised by the Africa Prosperity Network and the Africa-America Institute, and aims to mobilise Global Africa Investments. GAF comes after the release, early this year, of the “Action Compact” following the 2023 Africa Prosperity Dialogues in Ghana and its presentation at the 2023 African Union annual meeting. The compact identifies the mobilisation of alternative (domestic) funding as an action to pursue to enhance intra-African trade.

GAF brings together African heads of state, global business leaders, and social change makers. It will serve as a platform to identify the appropriate measures with which to channel Global Africa funds as an alternative source of financing for enhancing intra-African Trade. The forum will also explore the strategies and processes required to ensure that Global Africa investments are at the centre of efforts to boost trade among African countries.

Participating leaders

GAF will take place on Thursday September 21st, 2023, on the margins of the 78th UN General Assembly under theme: “Mobilising Global Africa Investment to Boost Intra-African Trade”. It will be attended by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the board of directors, Afreximbank.

Other attendees are H.E. Albert Muchanga, AUC Commissioner for Trade and Industry, H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, AfCFTA Secretariat, Dr. Amany Asfour, President of the Africa Business Council, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary General UNDP-RBA, Derrick Johnson– President, NCAAP, Mr. Julius Mwale, President, and CEO of SBA Technologies Inc, and many other leading Global Africa business leaders.

AAI

Founded in 1953, The Africa-America Institute (AAI) seeks to promote the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, program implementation and management.

AAI’s primary model is that it identifies capacity-building projects and coordinate the programmatic, financial administration and evaluation necessary to deliver high-impact results.

The Institute raises funds to provide scholarships to smart and under-resourced students to attend top-performing African universities and develops programmes that focus on increasing the skills of the next generation of African youth so that they become globally competitive. AAI alumni are at the forefront of Africa’s public, non-profit, and private sectors.

APN

The overarching vision of APN is an Africa beyond aid. APN seeks to work to bring prosperity to Africa by creating the platforms for holding critical dialogues that will reshape the thinking of African leaders and encourage them to take bold steps in the areas of trade, the structure of national economies, political conduct and culture.

APN is also motivated to mobilise African leaders and initiate partnerships that place the people of Africa first while enhancing their standard of living. APN is guided by values such as Trust, Diversity, Integrity, Boldness, Innovation, and Accountability as it works towards attaining its vision.

APN holds the view that for Africa’s growth and prosperity to be sustainable, it must be inclusive; prioritising the participation of small and medium scale Enterprises (SMEs), women, and young people in the economic narrative.

In order to achieve its vision, the Africa Prosperity Dialogues (APD) represents APN’s flagship event; a platform dedicated to Africa’s business, political, and social sector leaders to discuss how to enhance intra-African trade as a catalyst for economic prosperity.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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