The 4th African Ambassadors Interactive Forum in London


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Feb 4, 2007
Dear Friend,

Re: The 4th African Ambassadors Interactive Forum with the Global African Diaspora and the African Investment Forum

Ambassador Wesley Johnson, Liberian Ambassador to the Court of St. James United Kingdom and Councillor Marianne Alapini, Goodwill African Ambassador of INGO Third Sector Resource UK, personally invites you to the fourth African Ambassadors Interactive Forum with the African Diaspora and the African Investment Showcase. The forum is being organised by INGO in collaboration with Diaspora and International development agencies which includes:

Africarecruit, Ben Television, ECOWAS Commission, Liberian Embassy in the UK, NEPAD Business Group, World Bank Group-IMF Africa Society, Africa Business Roundtable, African Development Forum, United Nations Office for International Partnerships, Christian Aid, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Book Aid International among others.

The forum will take place at the Kensington Town Hall, London, from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday and Thursday, the 28th – 29th of November 2007. The event will provide a forum to meet with senior delegates, stakeholders and financiers who will be available to deliberate on the possibilities of building business linkages, partnership building and attracting International Capital investment to Africa. The event is also aimed at bringing together African Ambassadors to the Court of St. James and the Africa Diaspora, to explore ways by which a reasonable framework and level of cooperation and collaborative network can be established. It is essential to bring new investment to the Continent using the sustainable resource of the African Diaspora Community.

Other attendees will include; Immediate past Secretary General of United Nations Kofi Annan, Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, Former Prime Minister of Tanzania, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank Group, The Director General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Prof. Ndi Okereke Onyiuke, The Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Dr David Rogers, Phuthuma Nhleko, Group Chief Executive Officer, MTN South Africa among others.

Whilst we have addressed this invitation to you personally, we very much hope that you will also consider extending it to others in your organisation or network who are directly involved in making investment recommendations – those investment analysts and managers who have the greatest need to monitor developments in Africa.

A complete programme of this event will be sent to you as soon as they are finalised. In the meantime, it would help us if you could register your interest in participating.

If you would like to attend, please respond to either of these email addresses:,, or Telephone no: +44(0) 208 801 0493, Fax: +44(0) 208 801 7774.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th – 29th of November

Kind Regards

Ambassador Wesley M. Johnson

Draft Programme

Day 1

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

10.00 – 10.50 Arrival of Guests/Dignitaries

10.55 - 11.00 Welcome Address

11.00 – 11.40 Goodwill Messages/Keynote Addresses
and Media Launch
Dean of AU Ambassadors to UK

UK Minister to Africa, Asia and United
President, African Business Roundtable
President of Nigeria

Head of Christian Aid

Chairperson, African Union Commission


11.40 – 12.40 1st Plenary

Africa. Investment and Tourism destination of choice

Chairperson Hon. Kofi Osei Ameyaw (Ghana Deputy Minister for Tourism and
Diaspora Affairs)

Discussants Anver Versi (The Editor, Africa Business Magazine)

International Marketing Council of South Africa
Kenya Tourist Board
Mr. Michael Sudarkasa (CEO, African Business Group, South Africa)
Robert Ahomka-Lindsey (CEO, Ghana Investment Board)

General Discussion and Chairperson’s summary

1.10 – 2.00 Lunch/ Networking

2nd Plenary

2.10 – 3.00 How Africa can become the new China or Tiger economy

Chairperson: Dr Titi Banjoko (President, AfricaRecruit)

Discussants: Ms Beldina Auma (Chair, Worldbank Group IMF African
Mr. Kofi Annan (Former United Nations Secretary General) TBC
Mrs Yinka Fayomi ( Executive Director, Fin Magazine)
Dr. Bamanga Tukur (Executive President, ABR and Chairman NEPAD
Business Group)
Mr. Chin Xing Yao (China Alliance Africa)
General Discussions and Chairperson’s Summary

3.30 – 4.00 Coffee Break

4.10 – 5.10 Breakaway session

(A Moderator, discussants and 2 rapporteurs will lead each breakaway session)

The African Ambassadors working with the African Diaspora
As economic gateways

Moderator: Ambassador Cyprien Mbonimpa (Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Malawi)

HE Annan Cato (Ghana High Commissioner UK)
HE Joan Rwabyomere (Uganda High Commissioner UK)
HE Claver Gatete (Rwanda Ambassador to UK)
HE Mr. Melvin Chalobah (Sierra Leone High Commissioner to UK)
Mr. DCB Nwanna (AHC Nigeria High Commission to UK)
HE Wesley M. Johnson (Liberian Ambassador to the UK)

General Discussions and Moderator’s Summary

6.00 close

7.00 Awards Dinner

Day 2

Thursday, November 29, 2007

10.00 – 11.00 1st Plenary

Africa Engaging the Global African Diaspora

Chairperson Dr Erieka Bennett (Head of Mission, Diaspora Africa Forum)

Discussants Cameroon Forum
(Reps from) Kenya Club
Sierra Leone Diaspora Network
Tanzania Diaspora
Rwanda Diaspora
Nigeria Diaspora
Ghana Diaspora
Cape Verde Diaspora
USA – Stan Straughter (Chairman, The City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African and the Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and the Coordinator of the African-American Unity Coalition, USA)

General Discussions and Chairperson’s Summary

11.10 – 12.30 African Investment Showcase and Media Launch

Chairperson Professor Ndi Okereke Onyiuke (CEO, Nigeria Stock Exchange)

12.30 – 1.30 Networking Lunch

Working Group 2
1.40 – 2.40 Poverty has a face and it’s an African Female

Chairperson Counselor Marianne Alapini

Discussants Janet Narh (Women’s Hour Ben Television)
Litha Musyimi-Ogana (Advisor: Gender, Parliamentary Affairs and Civil
Societies Organizations (CSO)
Thoko Mashe (Former Executive Director, Akina Mama Wa Africa)
Catherine Ampaw (Executive Director OBE TV)
Laureen Katiyo (Commonwealth Business Council)

General Discussions and Chairperson’s Summary

2.50 – 3.50 2nd Plenary

5LINX Telecommunication Business Opportunity for Africa and NGOs

Chairperson Dr. Dominic Ntube (Adjunct Professor of Managerial and
Macroeconomics for Business, Howard University School of Business also Head, World Bank Group IMF African Society Secretariat, Washington, DC)

Discussants Mohammed Bagudu (National Director, 5Linx Telecommunication Company)
Gerald Osong Nkwako (Platinum Senior Vice President, 5LINX
Telecommunication Company)

General Discussions and Chairperson’s Summary

4:30 - 5:30 Tea Break and Preparation of the General Report by the Rapporteur

5:30 - 6:30 Presentation of the Report by the Rapporteur - General

6.40 Close

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