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9th Africa Think Tank Summit

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka Zambia




9th Africa Think Tank Summit

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), under the leadership of the Republic of Zambia, through the Africa Think Tank Network (ATTN) and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) of Zambia, is convening the 9th instalment of the Africa Think Tank Summit. The summit will run under the theme “Linking Evidence, Policies, and Practice to Contribute to the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement”.

The 9th Africa Think Tank Summit is to share ideas and experiences and devise implementable recommendations on what works and what needs to change in Africa’s approach to implementing the AfCFTA. Participants will particularly discuss what capacities are required to accelerate the implementation of the AfCFTA and how it translates into the delivery of sound policies and actions at regional and country levels that can guarantee sustainable development in Africa.

Think tanks and other stakeholders, including policy makers, private sector representatives, researchers, civil society organizations executives, and development practitioners, will share ideas and experiences on the various interventions around AfCFTA implementation. Participants will offer concrete recommendations on options and approaches to support the implementation of the AfCFTA.

The specific objectives of the 9th Africa Think Tank Summit are to:

  • review the status of AfCFTA implementation at the national and continental levels;
  • analyze and raise awareness of the data and evidence gaps to support the successful and effective implementation of the AfCFTA
  • share the experiences and roles of think tanks to improve the use of evidence, practices, and policies in the implementation of the AfCFTA ;
  • identify key capacity and critical technical skills challenges faced by critical institutions and actors that could jeopardize the implementation of the AfCFTA;
  • share experiences on the practical solutions available to ensure the capacity development challenges faced by key actors vis-à-vis the AfCFTA are addressed;
  • propose specific actions to ensure that the private sector is fully capacitated to drive the AfCFTA and benefit from its successful implementation;
  • propose a coalition of think tanks and partners to deliver specific interventions to strengthen efforts toward implementing the AfCFTA.

The event is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Visa Foundation and will be co-organized with the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) Secretariat, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana