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The African Consensus Forum Inception Meeting, will be convened by Tanzania’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 Chair and panellists  
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  
11:0011:45 Practical Solutions for Renewable, Efficient and De-centralised Energy combined with Agricultural Empowerment and Rational Management of Water Resources


Specific 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  



The African Consensus Economic Paradigm

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