Africa Prosperity Summit, 2015; May 20-21. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
In a two-day summit held in Dar es Salaam from May 20 – May 21, 2015, to discuss a wide range of issues that include sustainable growth and development, security and female entrepreneurship, rising urbanization, and the use of data to inform public policy in Africa, participants and speakers from Africa and around the world gathered at the Hyatt Regency Kilimanjaro to offer solutions. Amongst the distinguished delegates and speakers are Ambassador Alfred Dube of Botswana, Dr. Yaw Ansu, Chief Economist at the African Center for Economic Transformation, Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies, Dr. Andre Bald of the World Bank, Cina Lawson, Togolese Minister of Post and Digital Economy, Marcos Neto of UNDP, Professor John O. Ifediora, of the University of Wisconsin, and Director of the Council on African Security and Development, Professor Oshita of Nigeria’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Obey Ezekwesili, Co-founder of Transparency International, advisor to the Nigerian government and the World Bank.
The summit also explored ways in which progressive and sound business ethics and best practices in the public sector may promote prosperity in the African continent while addressing the needs for personal safety, and broader security challenges facing the continent. The panel discussions drew on the experience of speakers from Microsoft, Africa-America Institute, and African leaders in government, business, NGOs and representatives from a cross-section of civil society groups. Far from being ‘the hopeless continent’, as it has been framed in the past, evidence from the summit showed Africa to be on a path to inclusive and sustainable development.