Accra Conference – Business Leaders to Brainstorm On Poverty

Monday, October 15, 2007

Private and public sector leaders arriving in Ghana for the 5th African Business Leaders Forum have underlined the urgent need to define new solutions to the challenges created by widespread poverty on the continent.

The three-day high profile event which takes place at the Accra International Conference Centre from October 17 to 19, 2007 will open with a presidential debate aimed at finding ways that the private and public sectors can work together to ’Conquer Poverty for Good’.

According to a recent UN report, “The most fundamental development challenge in Africa today is poverty reduction”.

Africa is the poorest continent with 25 of the world’s 30 poorest countries. The number of Sub-Saharan Africans that are currently living below the poverty line is more than 180 million people and will in 2020 have exceeded 300 million people.”

Some of the confirmed high profile speakers include Dr. Aniebo Roberts, Special Adviser to the president of NEPAD, Mr. Chris Kirubi, chairman of Haco Industries, Kenya, Mr. Goodie Ibru, Chairman of NEPAD Business Group, Nigeria and Dr. Baffour Agyemang Duah, UN Consultant to Tanzania.

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