Inaugural Meles Zenawi Foundation Symposium focuses on “The African Democratic Developmental State”

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From: 21/08/2015
To: 21/08/2015
Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Inaugural Meles Zenawi Foundation Symposium focuses on “The African Democratic Developmental State”

The inaugural Meles Zenawi Foundation (MZF) symposium on development took place in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, on August 21, 2015. The symposium was a partnership between the MZF, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Rwandan Government.

The forum was organized to explore ways in which the continent can achieve economic growth as well as social development. The theme will be “The African Democratic Developmental State.”

The AfDB was represented by President Donald Kaberuka and four Vice-Presidents including Acting Chief Economist Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, and the Special Envoy on Gender, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. Both Kaberuka and Kayizzi-Mugerwa participated in a panel on “The Developmental State in a Globalized World”.

Other topics of discussion include: “The State and Africa’s Transformation”, and “Development, Participation and Institutional Design”.

The symposium was inspired by the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, who spoke widely on the crucial role of the state in building institutions that facilitate sustainable development. The goal was to serve as a platform for rigorous intellectual deliberations and analyses on development-related issues.

Heads of States and high-level government representatives of African nations attended the event, alongside development institutions, multilateral agencies, regional trade bodies, and civil society organisations, among others.