Africa Prosperity Dialogues 2023

Programme Outline






8:00am - 8:55am


9:00am - 10:00am

Official Opening Ceremony

MC: Jerry Adjorlolo

  • Welcome Remarks: Summit Convener/Executive Chairman, APN
  • Remarks By: Mr Alex Dade - Executive Chairman, KGL Group, Ghana
  • Remarks By: Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP
  • Remarks By: Dr Antonio Pedro- Acting Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Remarks By: H.E. Albert Muchanga – Commissioner – ETIM
  • Video Break-From Africa Prosperity Network (APN)

    Special Remarks- H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the AfCFTA Secretariat

    Key Note Address and Official Opening Ceremony- H.E. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana

    10:00am -10:30am

    Group Photograph

    10:30am - 10:45am

    The African Trade Experience - A short documentary that highlights the cross-border trading experiences of both big business and SMEs across the continent

    Guided Trade Initiative video: Volunteered countries showcasing the positive possibilities of trading under the AfCFTA Agreement

    10:45am - 12:45pm

    High Level Session I–What will it take…? Critical Policy, Productivity Factors, Legal, Institutional and Political Actions.

    It remains an imperious goal for Africa to boost its production capacity to enhance a seamless intra-Africa trade. Thus, transitioning from a producer of primary commodities and exporter of raw and unprocessed goods. This can ultimately be addressed through critical policies, efficient justice & legal systems, and resilient institutional structures, backed by political will. Fast-forward, how can political action be incentivized to ensure an effective African single market that benefits both large and small economies? Will regulating intra-continental trade through institutional reforms enable Africa to become self-sufficient? Will the common market suffer the crises of conflicting policies and legislations of existing regional trade blocs and the pressures of national interests?

    Moderator - Joy Kategekwa, Senior Strategy Advisor, UNDP AFRICA

  • Mohamed Ali - Director, Trade in Goods and Competition Policy
  • Alan John Kyerematen - Former Minister for Trade and Industry
  • Ms Clare Akamanzi- Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board
  • H.E. Peter Mathuki – Secretary General of the EAC
  • David Ofosu Dorte – Senior Partner, AB & David Africa
  • 12.45pm - 1:45 pm


    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Session II: Transitioning from Ambition to Action: Addressing Infrastructural, Food and Energy Deficit

    nadequate infrastructure continues to be a major impediment to Africa achieving its full economic growth potential. Meeting the demand for key infrastructure has been identified as a priority in Africa, which remains one of the world's fastest growing economic hubs. There is still interesting potential for increasing investments to scaleup industrial productivity, particularly in the food, energy and transportation sectors. Addressing Africa's trade and infrastructural capacity deficits is essential for the continent to achieve prosperity, sustainable economic growth, inequality reduction, increased trade facilitation, and doubling the continent's share of global exports. Currently, the transportation and energy sectors drive more economic activity on the continent. Therefore, failing to acknowledge this fact and increasing investments in these areas runs the risk of limiting the continent's ability to achieve its transformative potentials

    Moderator - Dr Stephen Karingi - Director, Trade Policy Division, UNECA

    Lead Presenters (10mins): Seth Twum Akwaboah, Association of Ghana Industries

    Panelists (35 mins)

  • Bruno Jean Richard ITOUA- Minister for Hydrocarbons. Republic of Congo
  • Abel Alemu- Managing Director for Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services
  • Hon. Minister of Trade
  • Chidochashe Nicolette Ncube- Investment and Development Agency, Zimbabwe
  • H.E Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe- Secretary General COMESA
  • Open Plenary - (Contribution from plenary participants) 45mins

    3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Session III: Leveraging Finance, Technology and Innovation

    Leveraging intra-Africa trade requires sufficient financial instruments and investment to facilitate the supply chain process, thus, serving as catalyst for trade transactions between importers and exporters to preserve trade balance. Evidently, adequate financial investment is needed to support and enhance effective implementation of the AfCFTA’s agenda across the African region. Technology and innovation have also been pivotal as much as finance to positioning the continent in driving the agenda, yet, more is needed to be done to leveraging financial investment, technological transformation and innovation to achieve the Africa We Want.

    Moderator: Leticia Browne- Head of Markets, Inclusion and Advocacy, Zeepay Ltd.

    Lead Presenters (10 mins): Mike Ogbalu, CEO, Pan African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS), Afreximbank.

    Panelists (35 mins)

  • Ms. Emily Mburu-Ndoria – Director of Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Trade
  • Ursula Owusu-Ekuful- Minister for Communication
  • Corine Mbiaketcha, Visa East Africa
  • Valentine Obi – Founder and Group CEO, eTranzact
  • Open Plenary (Contribution from plenary participants) 45min

    5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Technical Working Session - Deep Dive and Drafting of Outcome Document (Technical Experts and Select Business Leaders by Invitation)

    6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Cocktail Reception

    Safari Valley Resort

    FRIDAY, 27 JANUARY 2023

    9:00am - 10:15am

    Session IV: Addressing Critical Legal and Institutional Constraints

    The state-to-state nature of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of AfCFTA could be a potential barrier to ensuring effective dispute resolution under the Agreement. African States, if not completely, almost never litigate against each other over trade related matters and it is uncertain if they would do so in the case of the AfCFTA. The low participation of African States in trade dispute resolution at WTO and within African Regional Economic Communities is a glaring indication that they do not possess the political will to resolve trade issues. Relatively, the question of who can initiate legal proceedings is crucial to the evaluation of the AfCFTA legal framework. However, it is important that the AfCFTA program provides an efficient dispute settlement option for the private sector who are key players in the AfCFTA ecosystem. Hence, addressing critical legal and institutional constraints is of utmost priority now than ever.

    Moderator: Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister for Information, Ghana.

    Lead Presenter: (10 mins): Prof Melaku Desta, Professor of Law and Director, Africa Trade Policy Centre, UNECA. Hon. Minister of Trade

    Panelist (30 mins)

  • Dr. Francis Mangeni – Head of Trade Promotions and Programmes, AfCFTA Secretariat
  • Osvaldo A. Inácio- Executive Board Member at Sonangol Ijeoma Uju – Partner, Templars
  • Mansa Willaims – Associate Lawyer, Africa Legal Associates
  • Mclean Sibanda – MD, Bigen Global Limited
  • Open Plenary - (Contribution from plenary participants) 35mins

    10:15am - 10:45am

    Coffee Break

    10:45am - 12:00pm

    Session V: Facilitating the Free Movement of People Across Boarders

    Enshrined in article 4(2)(i) is a focus on the freer and less restrictive movement of people, rights of residence, and rights of establishment by Africans across the borders of AU member states. The justification is that colonial powers' decisions on borders resulted in poorly defined territories that paid little attention to cultural or economic assimilations among Africans. Ultimately, as demonstrated by the EU, opening borders to allow for greater free movement of factors of production, including people, contributed to economic development and more peaceful relationships in the region. The evidence that free movement of people across borders promotes economic development remains compelling. In recent decades, progress toward greater freedom of movement for Africans has been uneven and slow. Can Africa accelerate initiatives that allow Africans to move freely within the continent? What strategies should be implemented through the AfCFTA program to actively manage the freer movement of people in order to achieve socioeconomic transformation?

    Moderator: Ambassador Baso Sanqgu, Exec. V.P for Sustainability, AngloGold Ashanti and Former Chief of Staff Africa Union Commission

    Lead Presenter (10 mins): Mr. Albert Siaw Boateng- Director for Free Movement, ECOWAS

    Panelists (30mins):

  • Hon. Minister of Trade
  • Mr. Prudence Sebahizi – Director for Institutional Matters and Programme Coordination, AfCFTA
  • Dr Joseph Obeng- President, Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA)
  • Kwame Asuah Takyi-Comptroller General of Immigration Joy Kategekwa, Senior Strategy Advisor, UNDP AFRICA
  • Open Plenary (Contribution from plenary participants) 45mins

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Security and Intra-Africa Trade

    Within the African continent, there is a growing interest in the relationships that links trade and security in African borderlands. On the continent today, terrorism and corruption continue slowed the growth of cross-border trade. Further, evidence from the Horn, North, and West African regions suggests that African countries face the difficult task of pursuing regional integration efforts while lacking the resources or willingness to control their borders. In other words, the process of regional economic integration is rarely accompanied by effective border securitization. How can a coordinated political approach advance cross-border security in order to accelerate intra-African trade?

    Moderator: Kofi Appenteng – President, Africa-America Institute

    Lead Presenter (10 mins): Catherine Chinedum Aniagolu-Okoye Regional Director for Ford Foundation, West Africa

    Panelists (20 mins)

  • H.E. Omar Touray – President, ECOWAS Commission
  • Hon. Minister of Trade
  • Edward Asomani – National Security Coordinator, Ghana
  • Amb. Abdel-Fatau Musah PhD, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace & Security Ecowas
  • Patricia Poku Diaby – C.E.O Plot Enterprise
  • Open Plenary - (Contribution from plenary participants) 30 mins

    1:00pm - 2:00pm


    2.00pm - 3:00pm

    Finalising the Retreat Outcome Document

    FDI and Diaspora Direct Investment: Channeling Diaspora Capital as a driver for economic growth:

    The African Diaspora is recognized as an important source of economic and financial contributions by the African Union, particularly in terms of remittances. The World Bank estimates that the African diaspora saves around $53 billion a year, which can be used as a source of investment in African economies. However, the potential for the African Diaspora extends far beyond remittances and includes the transfer of human capital, knowledge, technology and direct investments. Diaspora investment can complement and supplement traditional FDI, providing a more stable and sustainable source of funding for economic development and growth. Diaspora investment tends to be more patient and risk-tolerant than traditional FDI and is often directed towards sectors that may be considered less attractive to traditional investors. Given the potential for AfCFTA to drive wealth on the continent, it is crucial that the diaspora is welcomed as a growth partner, exploring the potential of diaspora and foreign direct investment in driving economic growth and development in Africa.

    Moderator: R. Yofi Grant – CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre

    Lead Contributors (25 mins):

  • Candido Cornelio – Chairman of the Board, Agency for Private Investment and Export Promotion, Angola
  • Kofi Appenteng – President, Africa -America Institute
  • Molewuleh B. Gray, Esq. – Chairman of the Board, Liberia Investment Commission
  • Temesgen Tilahun – Deputy Commissioner, Ethiopia Investment Commission
  • Saratu Umar – Executive Secretary, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission
  • Open Plenary (Contribution from plenary participants) 35mins

    4:00pm - 4:30pm

    Presentation of Outcome Document

    4:30pm - 5:00pm

    Closing Ceremony

  • H.E. Wamkele Mene- Secretary-General of the AfCFTA Secretariat
  • Minister of Trade and Industry Ghana
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Welcome cocktail reception ahead of the Presidential and Business Executives’ Dialogues.

    Peduase Valley Resort – Peduase, Akuapem, Ghana


    9:00am - 10.00am

    Arrivals and Coffee

    10:00am - 10:30am

    Official Opening Ceremony

    MCs: Prince Moses Ofori-Atta and Anita Erskine

  • Welcome Remarks: Summit Convener/Executive Chairman, APN
  • Introductory Remarks: Secretary–General, AfCFTA
  • Message from the African Union Commission
  • Opening Remarks: President of the Republic of Ghana
  • 10:30am - 10:35am

    Video Presentation (Recap video Day 1 & Day 2)

    10:35am - 11:15pm


  • Addressing the challenges of moving goods and people across Africa (10 minutes)

    Mesfin Tasew, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Airlines Group

  • Financing Intra-African Trade

    Hon. Ken Ofori- Atta – Minister for Finance

  • Mobilising financing and investment at scale to drive intra- African trade (10 minutes)

    Jules Ngamkam Group CEO, Africa Guarantee Fund

  • Leveraging Agriculture and Industry to accelerate economic and inclusive growth and to promote intra-African Trade (10 minutes)

    Kate Epse Kanyi-Tometi Fotso – CEO Telcar Cocoa

  • The role of telecommunication in deepening intra–African trade, Challenges and Opportunity (10 minutes)

    Mr Ralph Tendai Tendai Mupita – MTN Group President and CEO

  • 11:15am - 12:15pm

    Interactive Forum 1

    Putting Business at the heart of heart of the implementation of the AfCFTA – Addressing Blockages and Incentivising Action.

    Moderator: Joy

    Lead Business Contributors

  • Addressing Infrastructure, Food and Energy Deficits

    Ronnie Ntuli– Chairman, Thelo DB (PY)

    Sir. David Adjaye – Founder & Principal, Adjaye Associates

  • Facilitating Free Movement of People Across Borders

    Dr. Humphrey Ayim–Darke - President, Ghana Association of Industries

  • Guaranteeing Security to deepen Intra-African Trade

    Dr. Catherine Chinedum Aniagolu-Okoye – Regional Director for West Africa, Ford Foundation

  • Reflections by H.E Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, AfCFTA Secretariat

    12:15pm - 1:15pm


    1:15pm - 2:15pm

    Interactive Forum II

    Putting Business at the heart of heart of the implementation of the AfCFTA– Addressing Blockages and Incentivising Action.

    Moderator: Joy

    Lead Business Contributors

  • Addressing Legal, Institutional and Policy Constraints

    Oghogho Akpata – Managing Partner, Templars

  • Inspiring the youth through Innovation

    Dr. Uzodinma Iweala

  • Facilitating FDI and Direct Diaspora Investment

    Christal Jackson – Chair, Africa America Institute

  • Reflections by H.E. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana

    2:15pm - 2:30pm

    Group Photograph

    2:30pm - 3:00pm

    Presentation of Outcome Document - Business and Policy Leaders Dialogue

    Hon. Yves Fernand Mamfounbi – Chair of the AfCFTA

    3:00pm - 3:30pm

    Making it happen: The time in now or never – Moving from ambition to action

    Moderator: Anita Erskine

    Fireside Chat:

  • Mr Ralph Tendai Tendai Mupita – MTN Group President and CEO
  • Mesfin Tasew, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Airlines Group
  • Christal Jackson – Chair, Africa America Institute
  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm

    Presentation of the Action Compact

    H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou, Former President of Niger

    3:45pm - 4:15pm

    Keynote remarks:

    Alhaji Aliko Dangote, GCON – CEO Dangote Group

    Closing remarks:

    H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana


    Dinner and Awards

    Peduase Presidential Lodge - Peduase, Akuapem, Ghana.