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Journalists are invited to cover the NEPAD Colloquium and Congress live via webcast on 28th Wednesday, March 2012

By New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 20, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Journalists are invited to cover the NEPAD Colloquium and Congress live via webcast on 28th Wednesday, March 2012.

The Colloquium will provide a platform for candid exchange on NEPAD as the African-owned development strategy adopted in 2001 to drive the Continent's political and socio-economic transformation.

REGISTER: http://www.apo-opa.org/en/application?vc=NEPAD

When:

28th Wednesday, March 2012

7:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT

Time converter: http://bit.ly/GBMB5Z

Programme:

10h00 – 10h15 Official Opening Session

Opening remarks by:

• Executive Secretary (UNECA) as host institution

• CEO, NEPAD Agency

• President of the Pan African Parliament

• AUC Chairperson

• AU Chairperson (President of Equatorial Guinea)

10h15 – 10h30 Key note address by:

• H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC)

10h30 – 10h45 Introduction of high level panel of African eminent persons

11h00 – 12h45 Plenary I: High level panel discussion

Theme: 'NEPAD Journey so far – Challenges, Gaps and Prospects'

Open Discussion

12h45 – 13h00 Presentation by John Zogby on People's voices on NEPAD

14h00 – 16h30 Plenary II: High level panel discussion

Theme: 'NEPAD in the next decade'

Open Discussion

16h30 – 16h45 Launch of NEPAD related publications

- 'NEPAD - A continental thrust' – by NEPAD Agency

- 'The Role of the Private sector in NEPAD implementation' (by NEPAD Agency and UNECA)

- 'Newsroom guide for reporting NEPAD'

- 'The New Harvest. Agricultural Innovation in Africa' by Calestous Juma

16h45 – 17h00 Governing the NEPAD Programme – Chairperson, NEPAD Steering Committee

Representative of REC

Representative of AU Member States

Representative of Partner institution

Representative of Women's groups

Representative of African Youth

17h00 – 17h15 Summary of highlights – Way ahead for the NEPAD Programme

AUC Commissioner for Economic Affairs and NEPAD CEO

17h15 – 17h45 Closing remarks

AUC Chairperson

17h45 – 19h00 NEPAD Agency exhibition

Background:

2011 was NEPAD's 10th Anniversary since its foundation. Over the past ten years, major developments have taken place to advance the NEPAD agenda including the recent integration of NEPAD into the African Union (AU) structures and processes. As part of its celebrations, NEPAD agency has planned a number of activities and events to reach out to different stakeholder groups. The Congress and Colloquium is part of the NEPAD 10th anniversary celebrations.

Journalists are invited to cover the NEPAD Colloquium and Congress live via webcast on 28th Wednesday, March 2012.

REGISTER: http://www.apo-opa.org/en/application?vc=NEPAD

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