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The Commonwealth Africa Summit is a high level, multi-stakeholder event that annually brings together government and business leaders from the Commonwealth and allies to facilitate dialogue and action on key and relevant issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship and job creation, economic development, Security and counterterrorism, Energy and Power amongst other relevant issues in Africa.
Past speakers have included HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Former Nigerian Head of State), Rt Hon Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (Former President of Nigeria), H.E John Dramani Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Amina J Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General) represented by H.E Bience Gawanas (UN Under Secretary for Africa), Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi (UNCTAD Secretary General), H.E Carmelo Abela (Foreign Minister of Malta), H.E Victor Harris (Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union), H.E Mrs Toyin Saraki (Wife of the Former Senate President of Nigeria), Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal (Minister of Environment Sudan), Chief Mrs Folorunso Alakija (Vice Chair – Famfa Oil and Richest African Woman), Alhaji Sani Dangote (Group Vice President at Dangote Industries Limited), Ashish Thakkar (CEO Mara Group), María Teresa Fernández de la Vega (Former Vice President of Spain), Cherie Blair (Wife of Former British Prime Minister and more.
The event, usually hosted as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London, is organised by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative and other partners, to provide a veritable platform for the generation of new ideas, trade agreements, business relationships and investments.
The Summit convenes Heads of Government, senior ministers, public sector leaders, the private sector and senior executives in one place to discuss security and development, trade and investment, and business opportunities.
Journalists from registered national media organisations are invited to cover the Summit. Media inquiries should be directed to: [email protected]
CAS 2020 Objectives
The 2020 Summit seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth. It will engage the commonwealth community to advance multiple agendas such as Good Governance, Effective Leadership, Security, Economy and Energy in order to:
Promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action and creation of policy options in achieving sustainable development goals and the African Agenda 2063.
Harness Commonwealth’s strengths in international politics to effect positive economic and political change in Africa
Promote advocacy for good governance and better service delivery in the member African countries
To showcase countries’ best practices, promote peer learning, capacity development and dynamic partnership.
To improve governance in Africa through public-private cooperation by working in close collaboration with key international organizations.
To convene public and private-sector leaders together with intelligence, health and finance experts to prepare for and respond to a rapidly changing landscape and multiple humanitarian crises
Keynotes and Presentations
Keynote Presentations by leading global voices at CAS 2020 will address the Summit’s themes and conversations aimed at achieving the Common Good of all through improved collective action and creation of policy options in achieving sustainable development goals for the good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth.
Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction among executives and senior government leaders. This is an opportunity for participants to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on individual interest.
Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable activities with an environment conducive for in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow participants relax between sessions while still discussing and being productive.
At the end of each session, the moderator concludes with recommendations and action points, which are subsequently delivered in the Summit Report to Commonwealth Policy-Makers.
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