The Africa Leadership Forum and the Kenya Institute of Management have jointly convened the 2nd Africa Governance, Leadership and Management Convention. The convention which held in Mombasa, Kenya between 2nd and 5th of August 2011, was attended by some 150 participants from 15 African countries. It brought together an array of key stakeholders from the organised private sector across Africa, key African leaders and policy makers, joined by other professionals from a broad range of development concern.
H.E. Kalonzo Steven Musyoka, Vice President, Republic of Kenya, declared the convention open, while the ALF Founding Chairman, H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Patron of the Convention, delivered the keynote address. The convention also benefitted immensely from the instructive contributions of H.E. Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa. Also in attendance were the United Nations Assistant Secretary General /Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau of Africa, Dr. Gettu Tegegnewok, Dr. Kamal El Kheshen, Vice President Sector Operations of the African Development Bank and a host of other renowned professionals from Africa’s private and public sectors.
The overall objective of the convention, themed ‘“Harnessing Business Growth and Human Development in Africa in the 21st Century: Claiming the Second Decade,” was to facilitate a platform where the organised private and public sectors can interact, share experience and agree on requisite frameworks and strategies for accelerating sustainable development processes in Africa.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, the ALF Executive Director, Mr. Ayodele Aderinwale noted that the convention was in furtherance of the dreams and ideals of the founding fathers of ALF, aimed at encouraging the diagnosis, understanding and informed search for solutions to local, regional and global problems, taking cognizance of their interrelationships and mutual consequences, involving both current and future leaders. He further added that the recommendations from the convention will be widely circulated and made available to various governmental, private sector and non-governmental organisations in Africa as well as development partners across the globe.
In his Keynote Address, the convention patron, H.E Olusegun Obasanjo underscored the importance of leadership. He averred that quality leadership remained the touchstone of Africa’s progress and that the need for continued conversations on Africa’s pre and post independence leadership would assist in establishing the critical success factors that can be emulated, strengthened and adapted for today’s challenges while also understanding the gaps that must be filled in the near future. He further noted that the convention provided a platform for all stakeholders to examine the challenges and opportunities arising from developments across the last decade towards building regional and sub-regional networks of private sector operators and public-private-partnerships that would adopt collective strategies and frameworks for tackling the challenges confronting Africa, while also capitalizing on the emerging opportunities.
The convention featured an array of presentations including five breakaway sessions which dwelled on Governance, Conflict Management and Nation Building, Millennium Development Goals, Gender and Development, Infrastructure, Information and Finance, Trade and Regional Integration. A special live telecast was convened in the morning of the 4th of August on “The Role of the Private Sector in Africa’s Integration” with a panel session, resourced by four key panelists: Former Presidents Obasanjo and Mbeki, Mr. Paulo Gomes (Constelor Investment Holdings), Dr. Tegegnework Gettu (Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, New York), H.E. Erastus Mwencha (Deputy President, African Union Commission) and Dr. Khamal El Kheshen (Vice President, African Development Bank Sector Operations).
The convention was brought to a close on 4th of August 2011 with a plenary session featuring reports from the breakaway sessions and a closing remark from President Thabo Mbeki. A Charity Golf Tournament was organised on 5th of August in aid of Nairobi Hospice Cancer Care for Children. A visit to recreational sites; Fort Jesus and Haller Park in Mombasa was also organized for interested participants.