10376165_620704024692260_4454421095783652578_n             The African Consensus Forum Inception Meeting, will be convened byTanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete on December 2, 2014, at State House, Dar es Salaam,Tanzania.

  The African Consensus Forum Inception Meeting will be a full one-day event involving fifty specially invited participants whose opinions we greatly respect. Each will be asked to contribute in articulating the African Consensus as a fresh development paradigm built on pragmatism and sustainability.

 Participants will represent a cross-section of stakeholders from civil society, business-finance, and government. The spirit of African Consensus is to embrace diverse views and draw upon practical experience in seeking a fresh pathway for Africa’s development that can be shared with other regions of the world. The open exchange and integration of actual experience in articulating a balanced path toward sustainable development is core to the African Consensus Forum. The agenda for December 2rd is set forth below.



Tuesday 02 December 2014
Time Item
08:30 – 09:00 Registrationofparticipants
Opening session
09:00 – 10:30 Opening speeches on behalf of African Consensus by President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania (Confirmed)Carlos Lopes, African Economic Commission of UN(Invited)Madame Zuma, Chairwoman African Union (AU) (Invited)Martti Ahitsarri, former Prime Minister of Finland (invited)
10:30 – 11:00 Group photo and coffee break
Session 1: Sustainable Strategies for Climate Change, Agriculture and Water Security
11:00 – 11:45 Practical Solutions for Renewable, Efficient and De-centralised Energy combined with Agricultural Empowerment and Rational Management of Water ResourcesSpecific topics and speakers to be identified
11:45 – 12:00 Q&A / statements from the floor All participants
Session 2: The New Global Financial Architecture: South – South
12:00 – 12:45 As the post-Bretton Woods era comes to an end, a new financial architecture is emerging with the BRICS at its core that provides more relevant experience for the developing world than old models that have had their time.Specific topics and speakers to be identified
12:45 – 13:00 Q&A / statements from the floor All participants
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break Keynote speech by tbc
Session 3: Community Empowerment and Inclusive Finance
14:30– 15:15 Cultural integrity depends on sustainable economics: financial empowerment of communities enables people to have the right to run their own business. Inclusive finance can achieve long-term people empowerment that makes a difference.Specific topics and speakers to be identified
15:15 – 15:30 Q&A / statements from the floor All participants
Session 4: Conflict Prevention and Resources 
15:30 – 16:15 African Consensus recognises that conflict does not arise from religion or ethnicity alone. In Africa, multi-ethnic groups have lived in harmony for millennia. The question is resource extrapolation and an equitable sharing of the benefits, together with the challenge of climate change impacting water and food resources.Specific topics and speakers to be identified
16:15 – 16:30 Q&A / statements from the floor All participants
16:30 – 17:00 Tea break
Session 5: Africa – The Continent of Creative Solutions  
17:00 – 17:40 Panel discussion In this final session, there will be 4 panellists representing each session to summarise the outcomes from each panel and articulate a pathway for the future African Consensus development paradigm.  Moderator to be identified  
17:40 – 18:00 Statement of the Vision for an African Consensus Kofi Annan (invited)
19:00 – 22:00 Cocktail reception followed by gala dinner




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