Africa Prosperity Network inaugurates advisory council for economic integration and prosperity

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Africa Prosperity Network inaugurates advisory council for economic integration and prosperity
Njack Kane, the Acting CEO of APN

The Africa Prosperity Network (APN), a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Africa's progress beyond aid, has established an eight-member Advisory Council to drive regional economic integration and prosperity.

This high-profile Council features esteemed global African icons, industry leaders, and eminent statesmen and women.

The Advisory Council, chaired by Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, the Executive Chairman of APN, comprises accomplished individuals who bring diverse experiences and a shared passion for Africa's growth and development.

The Council members include Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma, former Home Affairs Minister of ; Ambassador Dr Amina Mohamed, former Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Mr Eugene Owusu, Special Advisor to Ghana's President on the ; Dr Amany Asfour, Founder and President of the Egyptian Businesswomen Association and President of the Africa Business Council; Mrs Patricia Poku Diaby, an Industrialist and CEO of Plot Enterprise, a multinational commodities company; Cesar Augusto Mba Abogo, an economist and former Finance Minister of Equatorial , as well as Country Manager of the (AfDB) for ; Christal Jackson, Chairwoman of the Africa-America Institute (IAA); and Mr Joshua Siaw, a renowned international transactional barrister and Partner of Global Law Firm, White & Case LLP, and Director of the firm's Africa Practices.

The primary goal of the Council is to guide APN in fostering economic integration and prosperity in Africa. Five of the Council's members are accomplished women, bringing their diverse wealth of experiences to promote Africa's growth and development.

In his inaugural address, Mr Otchere-Darko expressed profound gratitude to the members for their willingness to support APN in its vital role of accelerating Africa's progress and growth.

APN, in partnership with the () Secretariat, is set to host the annual Africa Prosperity Dialogues from January 25 – 27, 2024, at Ghana's prestigious Peduase Lodge in the .

Key partners for the event include Africa, the Africa Business Council, the Africa Development Bank, Afreximbank, the Economic Commission for Africa, the Africa America Institute, and the 's Peer Review Mechanism.

The event will focus on discussions related to economic transformation, with an emphasis on intra-African commerce, youth employment, and overall prosperity for the continent's 1.4 billion population.

Njack Kane, the Acting CEO of APN, highlighted focus areas including Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Natural Resources and Value Addition, Manufacturing, and intra-African trade Enablers.

Dr Amany Asfour, President of the Egyptian Businesswomen Association and the Africa Business Council, welcomed strategic support from the AU's Africa Business Council for driving continental industrialization.

Dr. Amina Mohamed emphasized the importance of the “prosperity” mindset in unlocking Africa's vast potential, while Mrs. Patricia Poku-Diaby highlighted the significance of APN in fostering closer collaboration among business leaders.

Mr Siaw pledged his commitment to attracting investments to Africa, leveraging the continent's position as the largest single market globally under the auspices of .

The Africa Prosperity Dialogues is an annual conference where the highest political and business decision-makers meet to brainstorm on the AfCFTA objectives, moving from ambition to action.

The Advisory Council members attended the inaugural meeting via video link.

The Africa Prosperity Network is a not-for-profit organization with a vision to promote Africa beyond aid and create platforms for critical dialogues that reshape the thinking of Africa's diverse leaders.

The organization aims to guide these leaders into taking bold steps in the areas of trade, economic structures, political conduct, and culture, and build partnerships to recalibrate the principles and policies required to ensure better standards of living for Africans.

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