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By Serge P. Diop

The African business community has continued to present the unified voice of business by putting in place the framework establishing the African Technical Business Advisory Committee (ATBAC) to push for the implementation of the Action Plan for boosting intra African trade, and fast tracking of the CFTA. At a meeting organized by the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) in Accra, Ghana,  on 12th and 13th of September 2017, business leaders and executives from Morocco to Ethiopia, Nigeria to Namibia, business leaders from 38 African countries agreed to establish an independent Advisory Committee, which will comprise the various private sector interests, such as the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, regional business councils, industry associations, women entrepreneurs and services to play an advisory role to the African Union policy organs, namely the Conference Trade Ministers and the High Level African Trade Committee comprising of Heads of States from the countries that are chairing the Regional Economic Communities.

 

The two day meeting, under the theme: The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)- Exploring Possibilities for Business Engagement across Africa, took stock of the current situation regarding the Continental Free Trade negotiations and the role of the private sector in advancing the CFTA. In his opening speech, Honorable Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Ghana, stressed the need for involving the private sector in the CFTA process. “The potential of trade and private sector development has not been fully realized by virtue of the peculiarities of most African countries, including MSMEs and weak purchasing power. Engaging the private sector in the policy-making process at the national, sub-regional levels and continental remains pertinent”.

 

“I salute the organizers of this meeting: the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), but also the backers of this Conference, notably, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa/Africa Trade Policy Center and the African Union Commission for associating the private sector to this effort” said Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso, President of PACCI and GCCI. “We all know that the role of the private sector in the CFTA negotiations has been modest. We hope such meetings will help stimulate the process of private sector engagement at the national, regional and international levels on issues of trade policy”, he said.

 

With just three months before the signing of the Continental Free Trade Area agreement targeted for December 2017, we are starting to enter a new phase. The PACCI is seeing businesses across the continent play a significant role in the process of economic integration.

 

In this regard there is a need to coordinate the participation of the private sector and establish a formal structure for its engagement in the framework of the CFTA negotiations. Insufficient and disorganized private sector engagement may lead to protracted chaos and rejection of the agreement by businesses. PACCI has, therefore, an important role to play in leading private sector participation and engagement, in identifying business challenges and solutions to build a lasting business-oriented collaboration and accelerate the implementation of the agreement once negotiated. The African Technical Business Advisory Committee which will play the role assigned to the entity referred to as African Business Council in the CFTA structure, will comprise the private sector, industry associations and the wider community at the regional and national levels to ensure an inclusive and participatory approach to the integration process.

 

In this regard AU Commissioner Mr. Albert M. Muchanga noted “as we create this harmonized, attractive, large and growing market, your end of the bargain as the private sector is to give us quality, affordable and safe products and services that will facilitate increased intra-African trade.” He further called upon the private sector to work together in realizing the objectives of the Continental Free Area for the progress of Africa and to help in the lobbying of the legal text of the CFTA to be ratified with minimum delay by respective governments.

Dr. David Luke Program coordinator at the UNECA/ATPC stated this conference will stimulate the exchange of information between businesses, governments and international organizations in helping the private sector play active role in regional integration and trade initiatives. “Governments don’t trade, it is business enterprises that trade with each other. This is why at African Trade Policy Center (ATPC) we believe that the private sector must play a significant role in the negotiations leading to the conclusion of the CFTA” . He stressed the need for the private sector to engage with policy makers at the national level.

 

“If anything today, we have spoken for ourselves. We have echoed that the CFTA legal texts are more than political and will require the attention of processes at grassroots level. For example, if we see the dispute resolution measures being discussed at continental level, they seem to be too political when in reality they should deal with the day to day business processes. Now, this deliberation has come up with sound recommendations, which in the opinion of business, are exactly things we want to see considered in the negotiation of CFTA” said Mr. Karl Chokotho, Managing Director, CMA CGM from Malawi and representative and member of COMESA business council.

 

The 2017 Africa Prosperity Conference confirmed that business has made significant progress in presenting a united business voice by reaffirming the role of PACCI as the continent's umbrella body for the business community and by tasking it to act as the Secretariat of the ATBAC to jumpstart its implementation. 

 

The team working on Employment for Stability project held its last workshop on July 5th, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to share the most recent results produced by the multidisciplinary research team. The objective was to share lessons and discuss the results of the research with policy makers, academics, researchers, UN and international organizations’ experts and private sector stakeholders. It was hoped that the substance of these discussions would be used to inform the development of the final report. A total of 31 people attended the half-day workshop.

The workshop program, prepared and presented by the researchers, included 3 presentations of 15–30 minutes duration, which described the evidence from six African countries on the relationship between economic opportunity and stability, the case of Rwanda as an example, and the potential roles for strategic engagement nationally, regionally and internationally to improve both development and stability.

Save the date for the 2017 Africa Prosperity Conference September 12th -13th September. This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the African Union Commission and the UNECA/African Trade Policy Center and will be held in the heart of downtown Accra, Ghana.  Stay tuned for hotel and conference registration coming soon!

 

À inscrire sur votre agenda : La Conférence prospérité africaine 2017 aura lieu du 12 au 13 septembre. La Conférence de cette année est organisée conjointement par la Commission de l’Union africaine et le Centre africain pour les politiques commerciales (CAPC) de la CEA. Elle se tiendra au cœur du centre-ville d’Accra, au Ghana. Ne manquez pas les informations sur l’inscription à la Conférence et les réservations d’hôtels qui seront affichées très prochainement!

Accommodation Information

For the convenience of the participants, the Organizing Committee has pre-booked some hotel rooms at the following hotels which are located in close proximity to the UNECA Conference Center (UNCC). The hotels have offered special rates which are only available for registered participants. Reservations must be made through the Congress Secretariat.

 

Hotels

 

Elily International HotelIntercontinental Addis HotelGetfam HotelMonarch HotelHilton Addis Ababa Hotel
Elilly International Hotel is a four star hotel with its twin towers situated in the heart of Addis Ababa, Kasanchis business district on the main entrance of the United Nations Conference center (UNCC). It is ideally placed at a focal point between the city’s business districts, historical landmarks, National Palace, major government offices & modern and traditional shopping centers. Ride to the Hotel only takes 3.8 KM from Bole International Air Port.

 

Room Type, Standard

     Room rate: Single: $100/night             

Room Type: King

     Room rate: Single: $110/night

Room Type, Twin Bed Room

     Room rate: Single: $140/night

Room Type, Junior Suit

     Room rate: Single: $189/night             

Room Type: Presidential

     Room rate: Single: $220/night

 

 

Contact person;   Mr. Tesfaye Amenu (Sales & Marketing Director)

Tel: +251 115 58 7777

Mobile: +251 922728318

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Intercontinentaladdis is a luxurious Hotel which is perfectly located in a strategic position at the heart of Kazanchis area Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s a 10 minute drive from Bole international airport and a walking distance from UNECA/UNCC compound, comprising of 152 luxurious rooms, 42 luxurious furnished apartments and 7 (Seven) conference halls which can accommodate more than 1,500 guests at a time, and all conference halls are equipped with the art of latest centralized AC and Sound systems.

 

Room Type, King Deluxe Standard

Room rate: Single: $110/night

                 Double: $148/night

Room Type, Twin Bed Room

Room rate: Single: $110/night

                 Double: $148/night

 

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Getfam Hotel is a 5 Star hotel located in the heart of Ethiopia capital city, Addis Ababa. Renowned for its unmatched service quality, comfortable accommodation, spacious venues for events and a highly dedicated staff, Getfam Hotels is the ideal place to stay with its central location close to the commercial shopping centers, airport and African Union.

 

Room Type, King Deluxe Standard

Room rate: Single: $80/night

                 Double: $100/night

Room Type, Twin Bed Room

Room rate: Single: $100/night

                 Double: $100/night

Room Type, Junior Suit

Room rate: Single: $145/night

                 Double: $230/night

Room Type, Junior Suit

Room rate: $450/night

 

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Contact person;   Mr. Mikiyas Tesfaye/ Sales and Marketing Manager/ 

Mobile: +251 911 43 30 30

 

Monarch Hotel a Four Star hotel is located at bole Area, its three Minutes from the AirPort and five minutes from UNECA VENU, monarch hotel will provide transportation service for participants from hotel to venue and back to hotel and monarch hotel it surrounded by Major Shopping Center and business activates Center

 

Room Type, Standard

Room rate:  $55/night

Room Type, Deluxe                    

Room rate:  $68/night

 

Contact person;   Meskir Aklilu / Assistance Marketing Manager/ 

                         Mobile: +251 93 601 0452

                         Tel.:+251 116672480/72/38

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Hilton Addis Ababa offers spacious accommodations with mountain or pool views. Book now and choose from guest rooms, suites with separate living and dining areas and access to the executive lounge, or fully furnished apartments with own garden, separate entrance and parking to make that long-term relocation more like a coming home experience. 

 

 

 

The two day consultative meeting of the ‘Enabling Cross Border Trade – ways chambers of commerce can lobby in support of the single window’ ended in Addis Ababa on Tuesday May 23, 2017 with an urgent emphasis on the need to carefully planned and executed preparatory work by African governments to greatly improve the probability of success of single window system. Further efforts to Governments suite in preparing to Single Window products should take into consideration Single Window Interoperability to facilitate interconnectivity and interoperability with national (or regional) Single Windows, participants pointed out in their recommendations following the two days of consultation.

The meeting was organized by the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) with the support of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Trade Policy Center (UNECA/ATPC) at the United Nations Conference Center on the 22-23 May, 2017.

The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry teamed up with Ethiopian Association for Dental Research take the pleasure to welcome you to the 5th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Africa Middle East Region General Session and Exhibition taking place in Addis Ababa from September 26 to 28 September 2017. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Emerging Digital Dentistry and Inequalities in Oral Health” which will provide an international platform for discussion of present and future challenges in oral health, dental education, technology, equity and more.

The Conference will comprise a number of side events, including:

  • The 5th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Africa Middle East Region General Session and Exhibition;
  • The 31st IADR East and Southern Africa Division Annual Meeting;
  • The 14th Annual Scientific Conference of IADR Nigerian Division and
  • The 12th Annual Meeting of Ethiopian Association for Dental Research.

So come and join leading experts and allied professionals from 26-28 September 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to keep up with the rapidly accelerating pace of change that is already having an impact in Africa on the field of Dental and Oral Health, and will continue to in the future.

Creating employment is a priority for many governments’, as a result there has been calls to develop comprehensive strategies for young people who are not in employment, education or training. With poverty regularly cited as one of the most robust correlates of instability, it seems somewhat obvious that such programs could potentially increase stability even if that is not their primary aim. Despite the possibility of such spillovers, however, these impacts are seldom measured, with success based on a program’s economic impact. With a few notable exceptions, these potential spillovers and interactions are insufficiently modeled or understood, especially in conflict-affected and fragile settings. The research project entitled Employment for Stability was carried out to fill this knowledge gap by using employment intervention and stability data to identify these effects and interrelations.

By providing new information on the relationship between economic opportunity and stability in the context of employment interventions through a meta-analysis of pro-employment aid programs matched with stability data and the identification of lessons learnt, the study is intended to contribute to more effective policy interventions for longer-term stability, particularly in fragile countries.

It is against this context Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, The United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, the Hague Institute for Global Justice, INES-Ruhengeri and Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry are organizing the International Workshop on Employment for Stability from July 5-6, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Goals and Objectives  of the Workshop

The Conference seeks to

  • Facilitate inter-sectoral dialogue and sharing of experiences to understand the extent employment programs help bring stability.
  • Stock-taking of the main results of the study including the lessons learnt and eventual strategies, policies, and actions.
  • Explore potential roles for strategic engagement (nationally, regionally and internationally) with the aim of realizing appropriate and effective strategies to improve both development and stability.

 

Counterfeit medicines represent an enormous public health challenge. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can come across medicines seemingly packaged in the right way but which do not contain the correct ingredients and, in the worst-case scenario, may be filled with highly toxic substances. In some countries, this is a rare occurrence, in others, it is an everyday reality.

One of the most complex and challenging problems faced as a result of the globalization of health-care delivery is securing the integrity and safety of the global medicines supply chain. Dangerous forms of pharmaceuticals are illicitly sold by criminal elements and illegal transnational organizations creating patient safety and public health dangers that undermine public and private investments in health care.

Yet, despite recognized dangers to global public health, reports compiled by public and private stakeholders (including law enforcement, regulatory agencies, manufacturers, and customs officials) show that the scope, production, distribution and sales of substandard, spurious, falsely labeled, falsified, counterfeit medicines continues to increase.

In order to mobilize awareness and action in the fight against fake drugs, the Pan African Chamber of Commerce is organizing International workshop on “Fighting the Illicit Trafficking of Fraudulent Medicines in Africa” to discuss strategies and international collaboration aimed at combating counterfeit pharmaceutical products.

The International workshop is organized as part of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meetings consisting of: (i) the 5th General Session of the Africa Middle East Region (AMER), (ii) the 31st East and Southern Africa Division Annual Meeting, (iii) the 14th Annual Scientific Conference of International Association for Dental Research of Nigerian Division and (iv) the 12th Annual Meeting of the Ethiopian Association for Dental Research.

The objective of the International workshop is to:

  • Bring together key business partners to discuss and recommend ways of preventing the distribution  of Counterfeit drugs in Africa;
  • Identify and discus strategies used by leading pharmaceutical companies to combat counterfeit drugs and
  • Understand the impact of the proliferation of internet pharmacies on business and societies in Africa.

The meeting which is expected to attract some 200 participants from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US, will also provide participants with an invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas and facilitate the protection of citizens and improve the quality of an apparently deteriorating drug supply.

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The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 2009 by 35 founding national business chambers to influence government policy and create a better operating environment for business.

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