AFRICA
Last updated 25 May, 2003
My association with the Centre for Social Economics and a series of publications on Africa (see also my luso home page) reveal my interest on Africa which led me to join up with the African Development Bank almost imediately upon arrival at the OECD Development Centre and to champion several innovative ventures with African researchers and private sector: Some recent events:
  • On 25 April I participated in the Forum of L´Économiste Mahrébin in Tunis, dealing with the internationalization of tunisian business and presented relevant OECD publications, namely the African Economic Outlook and the Euromed book.
  • On 9 April, I participated in a panel on NEPAD with President Abdoulaye Wade at Sciences-Po where I presented him with a copy of the second edition of the African Economic Outlook.
  • On 8 April, I co-chaired with the Economy Minister a conference on Public Private Partnerships for Development in post conflict situations the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo, held in Kishasa. The press communique (in French) is available here
  • On 4 April, I chaired on behalf of the Secretary General a presentation of President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique at OECD headquarters in the presence of Mr. Omar Kabbaj, President of the African Development Bank.
  • On 4 March, I presented the second edition of the African Economic Outlook to the board of the Business Council Europe Africa Mediterranean (BCEAM) in Paris.
  • On 24 February, 2003 I made a preliminary presentation of the second edition of the African Economic Outlook and at the experts' meeting on "Effective Strategies to realize NEPAD: The Role of Action Mapping and Peer  Review", organised by the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Canada at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • On 25 September, 2002 I made a presentation on public private partnerships at a conferencia sobre O "Development in Portuguese", held at Portuguese Embassy in Luanda, Angola.
  • On 29-31 August, I attended the Fifth International  Conference Europe-Africa of the Aspen Institute France on « The contribution of the private sector in the implementation of NEPAD » in Annecy and introduced session I on The new African political environment overlying the NEPAD. I also distributed some copies of the African Economic Outlook, including one to the conference chairman Raymond Barre. The guest of honour was the President of Senegal who had been at the launch of this OECD publication on Africa. The text is available here.
  • On 14 June, 2002 Professor Wiseman Nkhulu, secretary general of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) visited the OECD. After his seminar I hosted a lunch in his honor, where one of the topics was the role of the private sector in Africa's development.
  • On February 6, 2002 President Abdoulaye Wade visited the OECD (where he used to come as an economist in the early 1970s) to attend the 3rd Forum on African Perspectives organised with the African Development Bank. It was the day when, in the words of the President of the Advisory Board on the Development Centre "Africa came to the OECD". A picture of welcome here.

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