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 invite you to the fourth African Ambassadors Interactive Forum with the African Diaspora and the African Investment Showcase. The forum is being organized by INGO in collaboration with Diaspora and International development agencies, which include:

  • 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 to 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 organization 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 program of this event will be sent to you as soon as they are finalized. 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 to 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 Nations
  • 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

  • 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 Society), 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
  • 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 (Adj

unct 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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