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“Changes-Successful Partnerships for Africa’s Growth Challenge” Conference in Tanzania (March 10 - 11)

President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and former UN Secretary-General, Koffi Anan, have convene Ned a major international conference in March 2009 to discuss how Africa can sustain and build on its recent economic success in light of the impact of global financial crisis, and, food/fuel prices. The conference with the theme “Changes-Successful Partnerships for Africa’s Growth Challenge” will be held in Dar es Salaam during March 10-11. More than 350 delegates will participate in this high-level, multi-stakeholder conference, including civil society leaders/academics/think tanks (South/North), parliamentarians (South/North), senior economic policymakers from all over Africa, leading private and public sector executives, as well as official international development partners, donors, regional and international press, and staff from the IMF. The UN will be represented by among others, - Dr. Ashe-Rose Migiro (Deputy Secretary-General), UNDP, WTO, ILO, etc.

The objective of the conference is to highlight the lessons from successful reforms in Africa over the past decade, the impact of the financial crisis, and the role of partners-particularly the IMF, the private sector, and other development partners. In order to ensure broad representation of civil society organizations (CSOs) at the conference, the IMF has created a sponsorship program designed to offer 21 CSOs representatives leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa (Lusoland, Francophone, Anglophone) the opportunity to attend the event, - both as panelists and speakers.

In addition, several high level events are being designed for CSOs, including a town hall breakfast meeting with the IMF Managing Director, IMF management, and participation in a live international TV roundtable debate with African finance ministers, and development partners, - around related topical issues such as G-20. Moreover, Peter Eigen, chair, Extractive Transparency International, Huguette Labelle, president of Transparency International, senior representatives from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, etc have confirmed their attendance.

For more information on these events please visit : http://www.changes-challenges.org

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