On March 14 to 15, 2016, the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, convened the first African Transformation Forum (ATF) in Kigali, Rwanda.
The first objective of the ATF was to facilitate knowledge sharing and peer learning across global and African luminaries from the public and private sectors. These participants contributed their rich insights, and uncover challenges and solutions for galvanizing economic transformation in Africa. The discussions fell into two categories: i) the coordinated development and implementation of national development plans; and ii) catalysing transformation within critical sectors, notably: extractives; light manufacturing; agriculture; skills development; entrepreneurship; financial inclusion; infrastructure; and regional integration.
The second objective of the ATF was to launch the Coalition for Transformation in Africa, a new leadership network organized in chapters, each addressing a specific thematic area. These chapters and the policy makers, business leaders and development partners who will constitute their membership will examine and develop implementable solutions for development. ACET will serve as the Secretariat for the Coalition, building consensus, coordinating activities and assisting the membership in securing funding to support their agreed initiatives. The chapters will also report their progress at subsequent African Transformation Forums.
The SET team has collaborated with ACET on background papers to inform discussion sessions on three areas:
- Public and private sector collaborations to achieve transformation
- Promoting light manufacturing for export
- Facilitating trade and regional integration
For more information please contact Buddy Buruku, Director, African Transformation Forum: firstname.lastname@example.org