Presidents Ali Bongo Ondimba and Ouattara to Answer Questions from Social Media live at Closing of the New York Forum Africa

President of the Gabonese Republic and President of Ivory Coast will take questions on stage from Twitter and Facebook

By Richard Attias & Associates
Presidents Ali Bongo Ondimba and Ouattara to Answer Questions from Social Media live at Closing of the New York Forum Africa
Presidents Ali Bongo Ondimba and Ouattara to Answer Questions from Social Media live at Closing of the New York Forum Africa

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, June 16, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic, and H.E. President Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of the Ivory Coast, will take to the stage at the closing session of The New York Forum AFRICA (NYFA) ( this evening (June 16) and will take questions from Twitter and Facebook live on stage.

To ask a question, users of social media should use the hashtag #nyfa2013 after their question. Questions will be taken from 0900-1900 (WAT).


Photo 1: (H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic and current chair of the CEMAC)

The social media session will come after an afternoon entitled Inspiration, where a group of visionaries from art, culture and sport will discuss how they have used their fame to inspire today's youth. President Ouattara will also deliver a speech at the closing session, the eighth head of state to speak on stage at this year's NYFA.

Speakers in the Inspiration session include Andrew Young, 14th US Ambassador to the United Nations; Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, founder, Charismatic Movement of Ghana; Alek Wek, supermodel and UN Refugee Agency Advocate; Bu Thiam, vice president of Def Jam Records; and NBA basketball player Luc Mbah a Moute.

Richard Attias, founder of the NYFA, said: “We are delighted that President Bongo and President Ouattara will take questions from social media: one of the key themes of the last three days has been the next generation, and how we can unite the public and private sectors to create more jobs and more opportunities.

“So, instead of just giving this message to the 1,800 visitors to the Forum, these two great African leaders wanted to give young people the chance to tell them directly what they want for their future.”

Now in its second year, the New York Forum AFRICA is organized by Richard Attias & Associates under the patronage of the Office of President Ali Bongo Ondimba and in collaboration with the Government of Gabon. It is the largest pan-African business summit in the world.

This year the NYFA played host to the Summit of the Heads of Communauté Economique et Monetaire de l'Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), whose members are Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo.

The high-profile forum hosted economic leaders, business executives, young entrepreneurs, investment funds, policy makers, and international media for intense discussions and working sessions. They discussed how to accelerate economic development across the African continent through increased trade transparency, governance, safety, entrepreneurship, and support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which accounts for 90 per cent of the private sector on the continent.

Two major policy announcements, signed by the six African heads of state of the CEMAC summit in Libreville were agreed as part of the Summit and were presented to the leaders of the G8 in London yesterday (June 15) by the Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and the Francophonie, H.E. Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Richard Attias & Associates.


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