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BoG 2017

“Accessing Funds for Development: Required capacities for resource mobilization, utilization and Absorption”.


MÖVENPICK AMBASSADOR HOTEL
Accra, Ghana
4-5 September 2017

Speeches

Video Spotlight - ACBF's 2017 BoG

Agenda/Program

DAY TIME AGENDA
September 03 09:00 - 17:00 Arrival of Governors and other Officials
Registration
September 04  09:00 – 11:00

Opening Ceremony
Moderator: Ms Lerato Mbele (BBC)

ACBF Achievements Video

Welcome Remarks by the Host Governor,Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance Ghana

Introductory Remarks by Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of ACBF

Remarks by Mrs Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei Acting Chair of the Executive Board of ACBF

Remarks by Hon. Goodall Gondwe, Chair of the Board of Governors of ACBF

Remarks by Hon. Goodall Gondwe, Chair of the Board of Governors of ACBF

Goodwill Messages from Partners (AfDB,AfreximBank, BMGF, UNDP, WB)

Key Note Address by H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission

Remarks by the Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance Ghana

Official Opening of the Meeting H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana

Official Photograph***

11:00 – 11:15 Tea/Coffee Break

HIGH LEVEL FORUM (HLF) ENHANCING ACCESS TO AND ABSORPTION OF DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES IN AFRICA

Africa has its vision and development goals clearly defined in its Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Countries too have national development plans that reflect the socio-economic needs of their people. However, mobilizing resources to support implementation of these development frameworks remains a challenge. Linked to this, has been the limited resource absorptive capacity which has been recognized as affecting the implementation and effectiveness of various development projects and programs in Africa. Though its acuteness might differ across countries and sub-regions, absorptive capacity remains a persistent challenge that is hindering further mobilization of resources. The objective of this High Level Panel is to exchange experience and knowledge on sources of financing available to Africa for funding development programmes and the good practices on utilization and absorption of development resources. 

Moderator: Ms Lerato Mbele (BBC)

TIME AGENDA
11:15 – 11:25 Keynote Remarks on the absorption capacity problem
11:25 – 11:35 Brief Overview of Issues Paper
DEVELOPMENT FINANCE: ACCESS AND ABSORPTION CAPACITY CHALLENGES IN AFRICA
11:35 – 12:35 Panel 1:
ACCESS AND ABSORPTION CAPACITY CHALLENGES IN AFRICA – What are the Issues?
12:35 – 13:15 Interventions from the Floor
(experience sharing)
13:15 – 14:15 NETWORKING LUNCH
Moderator: Ms Lerato Mbele (BBC)
14:15 – 15:15 Panel 2:
ACCESS AND ABSORPTION CAPACITY CHALLENGES IN AFRICA – What are the Solutions? 
15:15 – 16:00 Interventions from the Floor (experience sharing) 
16:00 – 16:30 Wrap-up Session:
ACCESS AND ABSORPTION CAPACITYCHALLENGES IN AFRICA – What is the way forward? 
19:00 Dinner hosted by the President of Ghana**** 
19:00 – 19:10 ACBF Promotional Video 

2017 ACR: FINANCING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION (STI) FOR AFRICA’S INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIOECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

African countries have come to the conclusion – supported by the findings of the ACBF Africa Capacity Report 2017 – that the continent must build up its Science, Technology and Innovation capacity in order to make demonstrable progress in achieving the objectives of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Even though two-thirds of African countries have Science, Technology and Innovation policies and strategies, their capacity to implement them remains very low. Key among the challenges is the lack of sustainable financing systems for Science, Technology and Innovation. The main objectives of this Panel are to (1) share experiences and practices on the use of Science, Technology and Innovation for socio-economic transformation and innovative ways of financing STI; and (2) develop partnerships and commitments on mobilizing resources for building capacities in Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa.

DATE TIME AGENDA
September 04   19:10 – 19:20 Presentation on significance of STI and required actions by Governments
19:20 – 19:30 AFRICA CAPACITY REPORT 2017 – MAIN HIGHLIGHTS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS
19:20 – 21:00 Dinner
September 05              08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast Meeting hosted by Chairperson of the African Union Commission*** Statutory Meeting of the Board of Governors
09:30 – 10:00

Opening Session Session
Welcome Remarks by the ACBF Governor
for Ghana

Introductory Remarks by the Chair of the
Board of Governors of ACBF

10:00 – 10:15 Adoption of the Agenda
Adoption of the minutes of the 25th Annual Meeting 
10:15 – 10:30 Matters arising from the 25th Annual Meeting
10:30 – 11:00 Annual Report of the Executive Board to the Board of Governors (Chair of the Executive Board) 
11:00 – 11:15 Tea/Coffee Break 
11:15 – 12:00 Overall Status of the Foundation (Executive Secretary) 
12:00 – 13:00 Consideration of the Report on the Review of the ACBF Constitution and Recommendations 
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 
14:00 – 14:30 Election of the Bureau 
14:30 – 15:00 Election of the Search Committee 
15:00 – 15:15 Date and Venue of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors 
15:15 – 15:25 Presentation and Adoption of the Communique of the 26th Meeting of the Board of Governors of ACBF
15:25 – 15:35 Closing Remarks
ADJOURNMENT

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Information for participants

All participants are requested to take note of the information provided in this document and are urged totake necessary action in preparing for travel to Ghana and during their stay.

ARRIVAL
Upon their arrival at the Kotoka International Airport, guests will be welcomed by a team from the State Protocol Services of Ghana, responsible for facilitating the usual formalities.

TRANSPORT
The State Protocol Services of Ghana will provide complimentary airport transfers. Delegates are requested to confirm their itineraries in advance to enable airport shuttle arrangements.

ACCOMMODATION
Guests will cover their own accommodation expenses. However, the Foundation is ready to facilitate the booking of rooms, at the request of delegates, at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra, which is also the Conference venue.

PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings will take place in the ballroom of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel. Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra Independence Avenue Accra Ghana
Tel: +233 (0)30 261 1000
Email: reservations@movenpick.com
www.movenpick.com/en/ghana

REGISTRATION
The Registration of delegates will be done on Sept 3, 2017 from 08:00am – 18:00pm at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel. A copy of the Registration Form is attached and can be filled before your arrival in Accra. A scanned copy can also be sent to the Conference’s Technical Secretariat, at the following addresses:
board@acbf-pact.org or m.kadurira@acbf-pact.org or submitted at the conference venue.

BADGES
The name badges will be placed in the Conference kit and made available to delegates at Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES
Details of daily activities will be communicated separately to the delegates.

SECRETARIAT
A secretariat will be set up at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel throughout the sessions.

INTERNET
Wireless connection (WiFi) is available in the hotel rooms, public areas of the hotel and at the conference center.

INTERPRETATION
Simultaneous interpretation in English/ French will be provided for all sessions.

DOCUMENTS AND MATERIALS
These will be forwarded separately to delegates and other participants.

LUNCHES
Lunch will be offered at the venue on 4 Sept and 5 Sept 2017 only.

FLIGHT BOOKING CONFIRMATION
Guests who wish to do so are requested to submit their air ticket to the State Protocol Service team, upon arrival, for confirmation of their return.

VISA FORMALITIES
A valid passport and visa are required for non ECOWAS countries’ citizens to enter Ghana. Delegates with a Ghanaian embassy in their country are advised to apply for their visas before travel. Alternatively a visa on arrival will be issued to delegates without a Ghanaian embassy in their country and upon presentation of their invitation letter.

HEALTH
A valid Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers to Ghana.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE ENVIRONMENT

Ghana- Overview
Accra has been Ghana’s capital since 1877 and has remained the political and economic capital. The country has 10 regions with 216 districts. Ghana is largely marketbased and depends heavily on the agricultural sector dominated by individual growers. In 2015, the country’s population was estimated at 27.41 million people. The countries bordering Ghana are Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and Burkina Faso.

Language
English is the official language of Ghana. Other ethnic languages include Akan, Guan, Ga and Ewe. Accra local phrases include the following (phonetically written for easy pronunciation):
• Akwaaba - Welcome!
• Meh daasay – Thanks!
• Ete sen - How are you?
• Eh ye - I’m fine.
• Na wo so eh - And you, how are you?

Time zone
Standard time zone is (GMT/ UTC + 0000hrs). No GMT/ UTC offset.
Electricity supply
The standard voltage in Ghana is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. All electrical equipment that normally use a different voltage must either have dual voltage compatibility (most modern razors and other small travel tools are equipped with such) or be used with a transformer. In Ghana the power sockets are of type D and G. Adapters for electrical equipment are readily available in Ghana.

     

Currency
Ghana currency is the Ghana Cedi (GH₵). The exchange rate is 1 dollar to 4.35 GH₵. International credit cards are generally accepted by most hotels, shopping centers and restaurant in Ghana.

Climate
Climate in Ghana is tropical but temperatures vary with seasons. Currently, the average daily temperature is 29°C.

SELECTED HOTEL
Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra
Independence Avenue Accra
Ghana
Tel: +233 (0)30 261 1000
Email: reservations@movenpick.com
www.movenpick.com/en/ghana
DAILY ROOM RATES BED & BREAKFAST
– INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS –

NEGOTIATED RATES

BED AND BREAKFAST

Room Categories Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
Superior King Room $225 $275
Superior King Room (Pool view) $245 $295
Deluxe King $255 $305
Executive King Room $305 $385
Executive King Room (Pool view) $330 $410
Deluxe Suite $420 $500
Executive Suite $460 $540

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Hotel Information

SELECTED HOTELS

1. MÖVENPICK AMBASSADOR HOTEL ACCRA

Independence Avenue Accra
Ghana
Tel: +233 (0)30 261 1000
Email: reservations@movenpick.com
www.movenpick.com/en/ghana 


DAILY ROOM RATES BED & BREAKFAST
– INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS –
NEGOTIATED RATES
BED AND BREAKFAST

Room Categories                                 Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
Superior King Room $225 $275
Superior King Room  (Pool view) $245 $295
Deluxe King $255 $305
Executive King Room $305 $385
Executive King Room (Pool view) $330 $410
Deluxe Suite $420 $500
Executive Suite $460 $540

 

2. SWISS SPIRIT HOTEL & SUITES ALISA ACCRA

Dr. Isert Road - North Ridge
P. O. Box 1111
Accra – Ghana
Contact Name: Franklina
Mobile: +233 577 555 777
Email: reservations.alisa@swissspirithotels.com
Code: ACBFBOG 2017


DAILY ROOM RATES BED & BREAKFAST
– INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS –
NEGOTIATED RATES
BED AND BREAKFAST

Superior Room

$170

 

ACBF Profile

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) was established in 1991 as an independent, non-profit international organization. The Foundation builds human and institutional capacity for good governance and economic development in Africa. To date the Foundation has empowered governments,parliaments, civic society, private sector and higher education institutions in more than 45 countries and 6 regional economic communities. ACBF supports capacity development through investments, technical support, knowledge generation and sharing across Africa. The major sponsors of the Foundation are African and non-African governments, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.
 
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Strategic Synopsis

Africa’s evolving capacity development landscape Despite good progress since the turn of the century, capacity deficits remain a major challenge facing African countries in their quest for sustainable development. Those deficits continue to prevent them from implementing their development strategies and policies and from achieving their desired development outcomes. According to the Africa Capacity Report 2015, produced by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), weak capacity in its various dimensions is still a problem of the continent. Indeed, ACBF’s consultations with a broad cross-section of African governments, private sector, civil society, and development partners show that capacity constraints are most visible in addressing the continent’s major problems.
 
 

News

2016 Annual Report

Communique

Newsletter

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 , ,

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specializes 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 , ,

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 – Minister of Finance, Ghana , ,

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


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

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 , ,
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