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African leaders discuss continent’s capacity for economic transformation

February 8th, 2011 in News, Society

APA-Kigali(Rwanda) Over one hundred African heads of state and governments, researchers and private sector representatives are discussing Africa’s capacity for economic transformation at a two-day African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) conference that started Tuesday in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

The theme of the conference is “The Future of Africa is now ! What role for Capacity ?”.

The conference which also marks the foundation’s 20th anniversary will discuss the achievements made while at the same time making resolutions for Africans to transform the continent themselves.

The ACBF Executive Secretary Dr Frannie Leautier told APA that 2011 marks a major milestone in the continent’s capacity building efforts.

“Our 20th anniversary celebrations coincide with the end of the African Union’s Decade for Capacity Building in Africa,it is time to call for commitment to capacity building over the next 20 years in order for the continent to transform its economy and become a global player,” Leautier said

According to Leautier, the conference will adopt a Kigali Resolution for Capacity Building in Africa, which will be presented by Rwandan president Paul Kagame at the 17th AU Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June.

The resolutions will also be taken to the international community by Dr Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank Group, as part of Africa’s contributions to the Busan, South Korea Conference on Aid Effectiveness.

After the conference, ACBF is expected to launch the first edition of its flagship publication – the African Capacity Indicators report- aimed at bringing to the fore the capacity development agenda in sub-Saharan Africa.

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