"African cooperation: dream or reality?" - Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient Ouided Bouchamaoui invited as African Development Bank Eminent Speaker
|Location:||Babacar N’diaye Auditorium, African Development Bank Headquarters, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire|
The first woman elected to head the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), Ouided Bouchamaoui has been its chair since 2011.
She was still head of the organisation in 2015 when the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet that UTICA had formed with the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Lawyers Association when The Quartet established two years earlier, won the Nobel Peace Prize. It set itself the task of organizing negotiations between the Tunisian political parties to ensure the success of the Tunisian transition following the "Arab Spring" that led to the fall of President Zine Abidine Ben Ali.
Bouchamaoui will be the guest speaker at the Eminent Speakers lecture series, organized by the African Development Bank on Monday 22 January 2018. Her lecture will focus on the theme, "African cooperation: dream or reality?" in the Babacar N’diaye Auditorium at the headquarters of the African Development Bank in Abidjan.
The theme of this year's lecture will echo “Integrate Africa”, one of the High 5 priorities that the Bank has set itself for the development of the continent. Building fruitful African cooperation requires sharing the same vision and a full awareness of the imperative to build an environment capable of sustainably supporting and tackling changes.
A founding member of the Connecting Group in Tunisia, an important network of women leaders, and elected "Best Businesswoman in the Arab World" in 2013 under the aegis of the Deauville Partnership of the G8 Summit, and laureate one year later of the Business for Peace prize, Bouchamaoui became a member of the Business for Peace Foundation in January 2016 and of the Cultura de Paz Foundation in September the same year.
A renowned businesswoman committed to the political transformation of her country, Tunisia, and also involved in the promotion of Arab women leaders, Bouchamaoui is the very embodiment of inspiration for many leaders and young people in Africa.
There will be an interactive question and answer session at the end of the lecture, which is open to the public.
If you would like to attend the lecture, please contact Kamaria Badirou to confirm your attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org