The theme of the 18th APF meeting was "Energy for Africa" and sessions focussed on: the global energy outlook and the implications for Africa; Energy for all: the challenge in Africa ; Low carbon and climate resilient energy : the opportunities in Africa; Africa’s energy priorities in the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), and the MDB Infrastructure Action Plan
The theme of the meeting was “Promoting economic growth” and sessions focussed on the regulatory framework for the private sector; responsible and value-added investment; infrastructure; and climate change in advance of the UNFCCC COP 17 to be held in Durban.
The theme of the 16th APF meeting, which was hosted by the French government, was 'Economic growth, investment and job creation'.
The meeting was hosted in Lilongwe under the Malawi African Union Presidency and was addressed by the Honourable Abbie M. Shawa, MP, Minister of Development Planning and Cooperation, Malawi. It focused on monitoring development commitments to Africa by development partners and OECD countries and international institutions, using the UNECA/OECD 2010 Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness (MRDE) as the core background document for discussion.
The agenda of the meeting began by Setting the Scene, with Briefings on key recent meetings including: G8, G20, AU and UN MDG Review Summits, briefing on forthcoming G20 Summit, preview of perspectives for 2011 AU, G8 and G20 Summits. The following session provided a Briefing on the work of High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Finance and on the outcome of 7th session of Africa Development Forum (ADF VII) that had focused on climate change and Africa. The afternoon was organised around the four thematic clusters of the MRDE: Sustainable Economic Growth; Investing in People; Good Governance; and Financing for Development.
The meeting re-emphasized the need for and importance of adequate and meaningful African participation in the emerging G20 arrangements. It concluded with a Joint Statement that was sent by APF co-Chairs (NEPAD, Canada and Austria) to Korea to feed into the development discussions under the Korean G20 Presidency and Mexico to feed into preparations for the Cancun Climate Change meetings in December.
The 14th APF was hosted by the Canadian government in Toronto on 29-30 April 2010 following the G8 Development Ministers meeting. The Forum opened with an update on the issues and outcomes of key recent and forthcoming meetings concerning Africa’s development, including the 14th AU Summit, the AU/ECA Finance Ministers meeting held in Malawi, the forthcoming G8 Development ministers meeting, and the G8 and G20 Summits.
Forum participants then discussed key concerns for Africa in the run up to the MDG Review Summit to be held in New York this September. The focus was on achieving the Health MDGs - specifically maternal and child health. Discussions concentrated on the impact of the financial and economic crisis on health and reviewed innovative financing, innovative partnerships and science and technology for health. The next session covered MDG 1 and addressed food insecurity in Africa, looking at the impact of the crisis on food security, projected world market conditions and innovative financing, innovative partnerships and science and technology for food security. The final session of the Forum discussed Regional Partnerships and regional integration in Africa, including the roles of AU/NEPAD and the RECs. The session specifically focussed on: economic integration, peace and security and how Development Partners can best support these.
The Joint Statement produced at the Forum informed the G8 and G20 fora and fed into the process leading up to the UN MDG Review Summit in September 2010.
The meeting focussed on five key priorities for Africa’s development. 1/ progress made on addressing climate change and its implications for Africa; 2/ progress on fostering food security and implementing commitments to address food security challenges in Africa; 3/ monitoring the impact of and response to the international financial and economic crisis as it relates to Africa; 4/ the impact of the crisis on health in Africa. The World Bank also presented the AU/NEPAD African Action Plan for 2010-2015.
The APF held a Special Session on Climate Change on September 3 at UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event focussed on Africa’s concerns and expectations in the run up to the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen in December 2009. This was the first Special Session of the APF to focus on a strategic theme facing Africa and the world.
The meeting was opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the government of Italy, and was addressed by the President of Togo, the Prime Minister of Somalia, Ministers from the governments of the Republic of the Congo, Italy, Japan and Portugal, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the Commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union, and the CEO of the NEPAD Secretariat. The meeting discussed 4 issues : the response to the economic crisis as it affects Africa; peace and security and terrorism, and in particular the problems of drug trafficking and piracy; climate change; and the future of the APF as a forum for dialogue between Africa and its development partners. The conclusions of the Forum are being transmitted to wider political processes, including forthcoming meetings of the UN, G8 and African Union, and the preparations for the next G20 Summit, and the Copenhagen Conference on climate change.
The 11th meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum took place in Addis Ababa from 17-18 November 2008, hosted by the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It brought together over 100 high-level representatives from Africa, G8 and OECD countries as well as from multilateral and African institutions to discuss key issues for Africa’s development and to highlight priorities for progress. Topics on the agenda included:
- Emerging Governance Issues in the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Process
- Development Finance, which looks at domestic revenue mobilization/ODA flows/debt and other financial flows -- with a special focus on the potential impacts of the financial crisis on Africa and strategies for addressing related challenges.
- Carbon Finance in Africa, which will examine how Africa can increase its participation in the carbon market
- An update of the AU/NEPAD African Action Plan
“Making a Vibrant Africa a Reality through TICAD IV and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit”
More than 150 high-level representatives from Africa, G8 and OECD countries came together for the 10th meeting of the APF in Tokyo on 7-8 April 2008 to discuss key issues affecting development in Africa, ahead of the G8 Summit in Hokkaido. The meeting focused on climate change and ways to diminish its impact on Africa, the AU/NEPAD African Action Plan, and concluded with a session on “Boosting Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction”, which looked in turn at agriculture, infrastructure, ICT, and gender.
The 9th meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum was held in Algiers from 12-13 November 2007, hosted by the government of Algeria. It focused on governance in development, financing for development and progress regarding agriculture, infrastructure, trade and investment.
Key Messages from the 9th APF:
The 8th meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum (APF) took place from May 22-23, 2007, in Berlin, just two weeks before the G8 Heiligendamm summit. Participants included Personal Representatives for the G8-Africa Process coming from G8 and OECD countries as well as from the African member states of the NEPAD steering committee. The meeting was hosted by Germany as G8 Presidency and opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel,Ghanaian Foreign Minister Nana Afuko-Addo representing African Union Chair John Kufuor, and Danish Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen. It was also addressed by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and the Archbishop of Cape Town The Most Reverend Njongonkulu Ndungane representing civil society. Participants discussed four key areas affecting Africa: investment, gender, climate change, and peace and security.
Through the intensive dialogue between the G8 Africa Personal Representatives and the African partners in preparing the APF, this year’s APF developed substantive recommendations for the G8 summit as well as for the AU summit, thus following up the joint work on the G8 Africa Action Plan adopted in Kananaskis in 2002.
Key messages from the meeting:
These messages have been endorsed by Africa and its main development partners, and reflect the views of civil society too. They will now feed immediately into the preparations for the G8 Heiligendamm Summit, to which African leaders have been invited, as well as high level political meetings both in Africa and internationally over the rest of the year. The next meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum will be hosted by the government of Algeria.
|Family photo at the opening of the Africa Partnership Forum (from left to right: Nano Addo Akufo-Addo, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Ghana / Festus Mogae, President of the Republic of Botswana / Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul / German Chancellor Angela Merkel / Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister / Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, World Bank Vice President, Africa Region).
Copyright: InWEnt / Christian Thiel
The Africa Partnership Forum held its seventh meeting in Moscow on October 26-27, hosted by the government of the Russian Federation in its capacity as the G8 presidency, with over 100 participants attending.
The Africa Partnership Forum held its sixth meeting in Maputo, Mozambique on 4-5 May. The Forum focused on Agriculture and Food Security, Infrastructure and HIV/AIDS and set out to identify a collaborative agenda for moving joint commitments in those sectors towards outcomes that address African priorities.
The 5th meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum was held on 4-5 October 2005 in London. Members of the Forum discussed how the Africa Partnership Forum can help address the great challenges facing Africa.
The 4th meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum was held on 9-10 April 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The 3rd meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum was held on 4-5 October 2004 in Washington. Topics for the meeting were food security, peace and security as well as private sector growth
The 2nd meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum was held in Maputo, Mozambique on 16-17 April 2004
The meeting was co-chaired by Representatives of the Governments of Belgium, Mozambique, South Africa and United States of America.
The 1st meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum was held in Paris, France on 10 November, 2003.