The AfCFTA and Private Sector: Unlocking Potentials beyond the Pandemic

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The Institute for Peace and Security Studies/IPSS/ with the Mission of Japan to the African Union are jointly organizing a Joint Virtual Multi stakeholders Tana pre-forum on the topic: The AfCFTA and Private Sector: Unlocking potentials beyond the Pandemic. The virtual session will be held on 22 September 2020.

The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa (Tana Forum) aims at bridging the gap between policymaking and policy implementation by bringing together Heads of State and Government, experts, prominent personalities, leaders of international and regional institutions, civil society organizations, the private sector, eminent scholars, academics and socially engaged youth to discuss timely issues in a spirit of commonality and moral duty towards finding sustainable African-centered solutions to peace and security challenges facing the continent. The informal nature of the Forum lends a different approach to discussing security issues on the continent. The Forum is not intended to deliver official declarations; instead, it is stimulated by the desire to engage in fresh, candid and in-depth discussions and debates on pressing peace and security issues to produce innovative solutions. The 9th Tana Forum will be held virtually for the first time on the theme ‘The AfCFTA: Revitalizing Pan Africanism for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa’ in October 2020.

Session One – Speakers

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10:20am - 11:00am

Mr. Chris Maroleng

Mr. Chris Maroleng

Executive Director , Good Governance Africa

Mr. Stephen Karingi

Mr. Stephen Karingi

Director, Capacity Development Division, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor

H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor

Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union (AU)

Dr. Baylie Damtie

Dr. Baylie Damtie

Vice Chancellor of Kepler in Rwanda, Rwanda

Dr. HIRANO Katsumi

Dr. HIRANO Katsumi

Executive Senior Research Fellow

Session Two – Speakers

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13:00pm - 14:00pm

H.E. Amb. Soad Shalaby,

H.E. Amb. Soad Shalaby,

Director, Egyptian African Center for Women

Mr. Elsadig Abdalla

Mr. Elsadig Abdalla

IGAD Director of Economic Cooperation Division/IGAD/

Mr. Emmanuel  K. Bensah Jr

Mr. Emmanuel K. Bensah Jr

Deputy Exec Director-AfCFTA Policy Network-Ghana & Diaspora | ECOWAS & AU Policy Analyst | Africa Peace & Security

Ms. Providence Mavubi

Ms. Providence Mavubi

Director of Industry and Agriculture, Common Market For Eastern And Southern Africa /COMESA/ Secretariat

Ms. Valentine Atonde

Ms. Valentine Atonde

Ag. ECOWAS Head to the AU

Dr. iur Mehari Tadelle Maru

Dr. iur Mehari Tadelle Maru

Part-time Professor, School of Transnational Governance, and Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Tana Technical Committee Member,

Session Two – Speakers

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15:00pm - 16:00pm

Mr. Thomas Huyghebaert

Mr. Thomas Huyghebaert

Head of Cooperation EU Delegation to the African Union

Ms. Roslyn Ngeno

Ms. Roslyn Ngeno

Senior Investment Expert, African Union

Ms. Lidet Tadesse

Ms. Lidet Tadesse

Policy Officer, Security and Resilience Programme, European Centre for Development Policy Management