venue: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street London W1G 0AE
Keynote Speaker: Mallam Sanusi Lamido SANUSI, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.
Respondent: H.E. Tesfamichael Gerahtu, Ambassador to the UK and Ireland from Eritrea
Respondent: Professor Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University.
Moderator: China Danforth Onyemelukwe, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs.
Topic: “Neither the Washington nor Beijing Consensus: A New Developmental Paradigm to fit African Realities and Cultures”
Synopsis: Africa has long been a battleground over which foreign powers have fought some of their bloodiest wars. Some of the most ferocious of these have been how Africans countries are to pursue economic development. From communism and capitalism to socialism, and then neo-liberalism and globalization and now to the ‘Asian model’, ideologues have sought to appropriate or impose these ideologies whole-cloth, without due consideration for how social and cultural realities in Africa differ from other regions of the world.
Developed economies are currently questioning the sustainability of their model, while the leading emerging economies are pursuing programs appropriate to their societies. But the ideological schizophrenia and developmental stasis across the African continent makes obvious that the responsibility of developing an economic and developmental model to best suit Africa falls to Africans.
To discuss just that we ask that you join us in a lecture and panel session featuring, as keynote speaker, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, recently named Forbes Magazine’s African of the Year for his dynamic and brave reforms in Nigeria’s banking sector. Less known are his efforts to engage the Central Bank of Nigeria in the real economy, and not just the financial sector.
He will be joined by H.E. Tesfamichael Gerahtu, who represents Eritrea at the Court of St James. Eritrea’s government has been the most vocal against foreign economic influence on the continent. Also participating will be Professor Paul Collier a leading academic and author on governance and the political economy of democracy, and China Danforth Onyemelukwe, one of the City of London’s most respected young investment bankers, and who is responsible for coverage of Africa at Goldman Sachs.
Even amongst those registered, certainty of seating will go to the punctual; late comers risk not being admitted.