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Commonwealth Africa Summit Takes Place on March 12th – 15th 2018 in London

More than 300 global and African thought leaders, eminent and emerging leaders from Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth, and friends of Africa will converge at the 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit on March 12th – 15th 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The event will spark new thinking on how to achieve Shared Prosperity and Common Good in Commonwealth Africa and how Africa’s growing youth population can transform the continent leveraging on their relationship with the commonwealth family of nations.

The 5th in its annual series, the 2018 Commonwealth Africa Summit themed Common Good will have as Keynote Speaker H.E John D Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Amina J Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General rep), Ashish Thakkar (founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, and co-founder of Atlas Mara).

The event, usually hosted in the past as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London, is organised by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative to provide a veritable platform for the generation of new ideas, trade agreements, business relationships and investments.

Under the theme: Common Good, the summit conversations seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Africa Summit provides an opportunity not just to contribute to reimagining what the continent might be, but an opportunity to network, strategize and mobilise valuable resources so as to bring the Africa Dream to fruition. Vukuzenzele! Let’s Get Up and Do It! says Lord Paul Boateng of Akyem and Wembley, Chairman Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund

Past speakers at the CAS Summit have included HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Rt Hon Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Baroness Lynda Chalker of Wallasey; Lord Watson of Richmond; Lord Ahmed of Rotherham; Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green; Simon Walker, Director General of the British Institute of Directors (IOD); Clive Carpenter, Vice Chairman Business Council on Africa; Dr. Caroline Harper CBE – CEO Commonwealth Sightsavers; Sorious Samora; Mr Tonye Cole – CEO Sahara Energy; Ministers of Government, Ambassadors and many other Global Leaders.

The 2018 summit will also feature as panellist a wide array of senior Cabinet Ministers, First Ladies, and Chief Executives of corporations from Africa and across the Commonwealth including Henry Sands (SABI Strategy Group), Isha Johansen (President of Sierra Leone Football Association), Muriel Maupoint (CEO Hope for Children), Sally Anne Wilson (CEO Public Media Alliance), Dr. Justina Mutale (Advisory Board Member – World Leaders Forum), Tim Loughton MP, John Penrose MP (UK Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion), H.E Mrs Asia Ahmad Elrufai (Wife of the Governor of Kaduna State Nigeria), Mark Stoleson (Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Legatum), Martin Realey (CEO Build Africa), Debbie Ariyo (CEO AFRUCA), Tim Wainwright (CEO Water Aid), Paul Smith Lomas MBE (CEO of Practical Action), Dr. Babatope Agbeyo (CEO Cornfield Group and Botosoft Inc), Parminder Vir OBE (CEO Tony Elumelu Foundation), Lord Alan Watson of Richmond (Former Chair of Coca Cola Europe Advisory Board), and many others.

The Day 2 of the 2018 CAS Summit on March 14th will feature the CAFI Young Leaders Forum on Africa’s Political Future.“Over 100 key players in the African youth development sector will meet on the side-lines of the Summit to deliberate on reshaping the agenda for youth participation in political leadership on the continent” says Atieno Opondo a senior member of the steering Committee. “The Summit will Feature a CAFI Forum on Africa Political Future. The Forum with the theme: Opening the space, taking the place is hosted as part of a series of conscious efforts and action plans to fulfil the aspirations of the Agenda 2063 of an Africa whose youth shall be socially, economically and politically empowered through the full implementation of the African Youth Charter, An Africa of 2063 that will have full gender parity, with women occupying at least 50% of elected public offices at all levels; an aspiration achievable with the youth”.

The CAFI Young Leaders Forum will provide a high-level platform for dialogue on how African countries can create more space for younger people in elected public offices by formulating recommendations that will culminate into sustainable youth friendly policies and regulations. The forum will also provide a unique opportunity for youth leaders and aspiring young leaders in Africa to network and exchange views on Africa’s political future, while also creating a mentoring platform for the ageing African leaders to inspire a younger and better succession.

The Summit will also feature a Gala and Award Dinner to celebrate the contributions of Eminent and Emerging leaders to Africa’s growth story; as well as One to One Business meetings between investors and Entrepreneurs.

Some of the Panel/Workshop sessions includes:

How can we beat Africa’s Water Crisis

Strong Economic Leadership: An imperative for Common Good

From Emerging Markets to Sustainable Market – Creating Sustainable economies across Africa

Africa for Africans: A New Era of Africa Philanthropic Giving and its impact on the continent

Are there disruptive solutions to solving Africa’s Energy and Infrastructural challenges

Economic Prosperity, Poverty and Human Trafficking in Africa: Finding lasting solutions

Climate Change: Issues, Priorities and Solutions for the Commonwealth Africa

Will Brexit Translate to opportunities for African Economy

Improving Opportunities for African Women: The role of economic, policy and culture

Beyond Philanthropy: How do we drive more access to finance for Africa’s budding entrepreneurs

Investing in Africa: Where are the opportunities? Where are the financing gaps? How to successfully direct invest?

Which emerging markets are ripe for next generation of private equity financing?

How can Africa profit from its creative industries?

Governance for Structural Transformation: identifying institutions and mechanisms that can help unlock the transformative potential of African economies and therefore contribute to building resilient societies on the continent.

Unlocking Development Potentials of Africa’s Emerging Entrepreneurs

Harnessing The Power of Sport To Deliver Peace, Prosperity And Security across Commonwealth Africa

Rwanda: a successful story of the progress that Africa needs

What are the lessons in leadership from Africa’s top CEOs?

Investing in Africa: An Overview

Youth Forum Panels includes:

How can we accelerate women and young people into decision-making positions across Africa?

Disruptive Innovation And The Future of Youth Development In Africa

The Future Is Now: Preparing for Africa’s Young Population

Financing Aspirations: The potential role of Diaspora in Sponsoring and promoting youth political participation on the Continent

Are young Africans ready for Africa’s evolving geopolitical landscape

Nottooyoung to run: What role do Africa’s private sector play in supporting the reform of Africa’s geo political landscape.

Through a series of discussions the event will encourage dialogue on how to strategies and mobilise valuable African resources that are critical to shaping the continent’s emerging economies.

Journalists are invited to cover the Summit. Media inquiries should be directed to:

The event is organised by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative (CAFI) in association with Oxford Business Group, GLEEHD Foundation, APO Group, IC Publications (African Review), Cornfield Group, Ben TV, Phoenix Media Group, Amayew Debrah and other partners. CAFI promotes the socio-economic interest of Africa in the Commonwealth.

To register for the event, visit or for more information about CAFI’s global chain of events, visit

CAS 2018 Objectives

The 2018 Summit seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth. It will engage the commonwealth community to advance multiple agendas such as Good Governance, Effective Leadership, Security, Economy and Energy in order to:

Promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action and creation of policy options in achieving sustainable development goals and the African Agenda 2063.

Harness Commonwealth’s strengths in international politics to effect positive economic and political change in Africa

Promote advocacy for good governance and better service delivery in the member African countries

To showcase countries’ best practices, promote peer learning, capacity development and dynamic partnership.

To improve governance in Africa through public-private cooperation by working in close collaboration with key international organizations.

To convene public and private-sector leaders together with intelligence, health and finance experts to prepare for and respond to a rapidly changing landscape and multiple humanitarian crises

Summit Features

Keynotes and Presentations

Keynote Presentations by leading global voices at CAS 2018 will address the Summit’s themes and conversations aimed at achieving the Common Good of all through improved collective action and creation of policy options in achieving sustainable development goals for the good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth.

Executive Exchange

Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction among executives and senior government leaders. This is an opportunity for participants to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on individual interest.

Networking Session

Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable activities with an environment conducive for in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow participants relax between sessions while still discussing and being productive.

Delivering Result

At the end of each session, the moderator concludes with recommendations and action points, which are subsequently delivered in the Summit Report to Commonwealth Policy-Makers. | Rebranding & Celebrating Africa! 
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