Multi-stakeholder dialogue on Africa’s Reaction to the Financial Crisis

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Tunis, Tunisia, 25 November 2009 – The African Development Bank will on 28 and 29 November in Tunis host a forum of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA), which will discuss the global financial crisis and African regional integration.

The CoDA Board meeting will be held on 29 November 2009 and will be preceded on 28 November by a multi-stakeholder forum on Africa’s reaction to the financial crisis. The gathering brings together the CoDA, Board, academics, representatives of private and public sector, civil society and the African intelligentsia.

The Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDa) is a joint venture between the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  It was established as a successor forum to the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA), the Big Table (Africa – OECD) and the African Development Forum, which were policy forums established in the 1990s to promote dialogue on Africa’s development.

The CoDA was officially launched on 6 March 2009 in Addis Ababa. It aims to act as a vehicle for change and define new perspectives on a wide range of issues, including the most sensitive and controversial. As an independent forum, CoDA seeks to encourage open discussions between state and non state actors.

It will be piloted by a high-level independent Advisory Board, which is currently chaired by the former President of Botswana, Mr. Festus Mogae,

Several other prominent international personalities are on the CoDA Advisory Board. These include Messrs Cheick Modibo Diarra, Chairman Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Walter Fust, CEO of Global Humanitarian Forum; Frene Ginwala, former president of the South African National Assembly, Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr. Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, former Vice-President of the Republic of Uganda, Mr. Martin Khor, Director, Third World Network, Paul Martin, former Canadian Prime Minister and Mr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The African Union Commission President, Jean Ping, the Executive Secretary of the ECA, Abdoulie Janneh and the African Development Bank President, Donald Kaberuka, are ex-officio members of the CoDA Advisory Council.

The CoDA Secretariat is hosted by the ECA at its headquarters in Addis Ababa.

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