Over 300 leaders to converge at Commonwealth Africa Summit

Friday, February 23, 2018

More than 300 global and African thought leaders, eminent and emerging leaders from Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth and friends of Africa will converge at the 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit from March 12th-15th 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The event will spark new thinking on how to achieve shared prosperity and common good for Africans and how Africa’s growing youth population can transform the continent.

Under the theme: Common Good, the summit conversations seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth. The event is annually hosted as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London.

This year’s keynote speaker will include Ghana’s former president John D Mahama; United Nations deputy secretary general’s representative Amina J Mohammed; vice chairperson of Famfa Oil and Africa’s richest woman Chief Mrs. Folorunso Alakija; Ashish Thakkar founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, and a co-founder of Atlas Mara; Sudan’s minister of environment Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal and others to be announced soon.

The Commonwealth Africa Summit provides an opportunity not just to contribute to re-imagining what the continent might be, but an opportunity to network, strategise and mobilise valuable resources to bring the Africa Dream to fruition.

Vukuzenzele! Let’s Get Up and Do It! says Lord Paul Boateng of Akyem and Wembley, Chairman of Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.

The 2018 summit will also feature as panelists, a wide array of senior Cabinet Ministers and Chief Executives of corporations from Africa and across the Commonwealth including Henry Sands from the SABI Strategy Group, Isha Johansen President of Sierra Leone Football Association, Muriel Maupoint CEO of Hope for Children, Sally Anne Wilson CEO of Public Media Alliance, Dr. Justina Mutale advisory board member of World Leaders Forum, Tim Loughton MP, John Penrose MP (UK Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion), Mark Stoleson (Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Legatum), Martin Realey (CEO Build Africa), Debbie Ariyo (CEO AFRUCA), Tim Wainwright (CEO Water Aid), Paul Smith Lomas MBE (CEO of Practical Action), Dr. Babatope Agbeyo (CEO Cornfield Group and Botosoft Inc), Parminder Vir OBE (CEO Tony Elumelu Foundation), Lord Alan Watson of Richmond (Former Chair of Coca Cola Europe Advisory Board), Dayo Israel (Director of Africa Operations at the Commonwealth Africa Initiative) and many others.

“Africa must leverage on its relationship with other parts of the world to enrich and develop her countries. Constituting the highest bloc of the commonwealth member countries undoubtedly provides a strategic advantage with a huge development potential that must be fully explored,” Chad Blackman, a co-chair of the 2018 Summit steering committee said.

The numbers associated with the Commonwealth are staggering. More than two billion of the world’s seven billion people live within the commonwealth. With many of its member states still developing or yet to develop appreciably, the potential for the future is obvious if the trade and collaboration within the commonwealth is increased and this will be at the forefront of conversations in London.

Day 2 of the 2018 CAS Summit on March 14th will feature the CAFI Forum on Africa’s Political Future. “Over 100 key players in the African youth development sector will meet on the side-lines of the Summit to deliberate on reshaping the agenda for youth participation in political leadership on the continent,” says Atieno Opondo, a senior member of the steering Committee.

He said the forum with the theme: Opening the space, taking the place is hosted as part of a series of conscious efforts and action plans to fulfill the aspirations of the Agenda 2063.

The Summit will also feature a gala and award dinner to celebrate the contributions of eminent and emerging leaders to Africa’s growth story; as well as one to one business meetings between investors and entrepreneurs.

Author: Sanna Camara