Date: Monday 21st January, 2013
Venue: Clifford Chance, 10 Upper Bank Street, E14 5JJ
Time: Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Event runs from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Note: Even amongst those registered, certainty of seating will go to the punctual; latecomers risk not being admitted.
Guest Speaker | Kunle Adeyemi | Architect, Designer and ‘Urbanist; Founder of NLÉ.
Guest Speaker | Giles Omezi | Architect and ‘Urbanist’; Director of Laterite, aLondon-based Africa- focused Architecture and Urban Design practice.
Guest Speaker | Jonathan Ledgard | East Africa correspondent, The Economist; Contributor to the “Intelligent Life” magazine.
Guest Speaker Jennifer Robinson Professor of Urban Geography, University College London.
Moderator | Lanre Akinola | Editor, This is Africa magazine.
Synopsis:The rapid urbanization of African cities is no longer news. By 2050, over half of the continent’s population will reside in its urban spaces. What remains to be seen is how regional and national governments will respond to the greater pull exerted on already stretched resources and infrastructure. All over Africa, there are new enclave cities being built for the growing middle class and the wealthy in places like Lagos, Accra and Nairobi. What are the consequences of ignoring their margins and the parallel growth of impoverished communes? How do we ensure the best use of local resources and foreign direct investment without exacerbating existing inequalities and further dislocating the poor? Can we harness our traditional forms of organizations to counter exclusion in the decisions and processes shaping our cities?
As African communities seek to address these questions, evolving ideas on democracy, identity and citizenship inevitably abound. For instance, to whom does the city belong and how is that ownership expressed? Their answers are partly reflected in emerging industries of innovation and digital enterprises, strengthened financial services and cultural production – the new homegrown software servicing Africa’s development. How can African cities capitalize on their potent (r)evolutionary momentum? What are the best institutional mechanisms to harness this in ways that reflect local aspirations and realities?
With growing urban consciousness and resilience, we have never been better placed to take ownership of our meanings, agendas and provide alternative narratives of our cities. While our urban spaces already afford a repository of memory – of neglect, adaptation and intent – much more is needed to translate this knowledge into targeted directives.
Join us as we engage with a panel of experts constituting the most daring and innovative thinkers on African cities and societies, in a discussion on contemporary solutions to a new century’s challenges and opportunities.
- Date: Friday 26 October 2012.
- Venue: RCOG, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RG London, United Kingdom
- Time: Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. Event runs from 7:00- 9:00 p.m, to be followed by a drinks reception until 10:30 p.m.
- Note: Even amongst those registered, certainty of seating will go to the punctual; latecomers risk not being admitted.
Keynote Speaker | Dr Kandeh Yumkella | Director- General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Respondent | Mr Admassu Tadesse | President and CEO, PTA Bank, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank.
Respondent |Mr Hinh Dinh | Lead Economist, Operations & Strategy, Office of the Sr. Vice President and Chief Economist, The World Bank. Also lead author, World Bank’s ‘Light Manufacturing in Africa’ publication.
Moderator | William Wallis | Africa Editor, Financial Times
Topic: “Industrial Strategies for Africa”.
Synopsis: Africa currently accounts for only approximately 1 percent of global manufacturing activity. The continent continues to ship natural resources to developed and emerging countries, and along with them, jobs and economic development. Even as the withdrawal from China of Adidas and other multinational corporations indicates an approach to the end to that country’s low cost dominance, African countries are losing- not gaining- ground in labor-intensive manufacturing. Clearly, something needs to be done, but what?
Government decisions to select certain industries and companies for support have been tried before, with results little resembling what was intended, and often disastrous. What policy mix is required and do governments have the political will and capacity to set the policy? What is to be the role of the private sector in crafting and implementing industrial policies? What have been the constraints to the emergence or expansion of even a light manufacturing industry in many African countries?
Writing in The Globalist some months ago, Dr Yumkellah stated that ‘What Africa needs is not charity, but trade and solid industrial strategies.’ Join us in an exposition of exactly what these should be.