Sep 23, 2009, 5:06 AM
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is set to discuss key African issues at a forum to be held in Dares Salam, Tanzania from 14th to 15th November, 2009, this paper has been reliably informed.
According to information privy to us, the foundation will also be holding a cultural celebration in Dares Salam in the presence of the foundations' board and prize committee, scheduled for 14th November 2009.
In addition to speeches from high-profile participants, including Dr. Mo Ibrahim and Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, there will be musical performance from African superstars, such as Emmanuel Jal, Lady Jaydee, Angelique Kidjo and Youssou Ndoure.
As part of programme of activities, the foundation will on 15th November 2009, host a forum on three issues that are essential to Africa?s future progress i.e. climate, justice, agriculture and food security and regional economic integration.
"The aim of the forum is to articulate shared aspirations and a common way forward around these issues."
The high-profile gathering is expected to be attended and led by key stakeholders, including senior leaders of the African Development Bank, the East African Community and the Millennium Challenge Cooperation.
The forum is also expected to be attended by HE Mr. Kofi Annan, Founder and Chair, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, President Festus Mogae UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and Gambia's own Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, the Secretary-General for UN Economic Commission for Africa.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is committed to supporting great African leadership that will improve the economic and social prospects of the African people.
The foundation is focused on the promotion of good governance in Africa and the recognition of excellence in African leadership.
The prize on offer for this year's lucky winner was worth US$5, 000, 000 over ten years and US$200, 000 a year for life. A further US$200, 000 a year for ten years is also available for public interest activities and good causes espoused by the winner. However, there was no winner this year.
In 2007, the prize committee conferred the prestigious award on Joaquim Chissano, former leader of Mozambique followed by Festus Mogae, who ruled Botswana for a while.