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Conference on Accelerating Industrialisation in Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa
23 May 2018
25 May 2018

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), through the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) has organised the 2018 Africa Union Renaissance Conference (AURC) aimed at establishing how the continent can successfully industrialize given the current global economic context, regional and national challenges. The focus of the conference this year is on “Accelerating industrialisation in Africa: Implications for regional integration, job creation and poverty alleviation.”

Participants to the Conference will include high-level policy makers, researchers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and academics

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has been invited to give a keynote address in recognition of its capacity building work around the theme of the Conference. Specifically, ACBF’s keynote address will be on the ‘The key dimensions of human capital development and capacity building in Africa’s industrialization and economic development processes.”

Dr Thomas Munthali, Director for Knowledge and Learning, will give the key note address on behalf of the Executive Secretary.

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
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