Invitation to the AfDB Partnerships Forum on 6-7 April 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d Ivoire

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1 February 21 st, 2017 Invitation to the AfDB Partnerships Forum on 6-7 April 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d Ivoire On behalf of the African Development Bank Group, I am pleased to invite you to the 2017 Partnerships Forum that will be held in Abidjan on 6-7 April The draft agenda is attached herewith. The Bank organizes periodic Partnerships fora to enhance dialogue with partners across the world. Since our last forum in 2012 in Tunis, Tunisia, the Bank has seen many changes: we have successfully returned to our headquarters in Abidjan, elected a new President and refocused our priority areas. This 2017 Partnerships Forum will be an opportunity to engage with you and will create a platform for the Bank in scaling up investments and leveraging donor resources in the five high priority areas identified in its Ten Year Strategy. These High 5s include: Light up and Power Up Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa. The Forum therefore focuses on Scaling Up Partnerships and Leveraging Resources For Africa s Transformation. The Forum program will be structured around plenary sessions engaging all stakeholders and open panel-discussions. The interactive format of this year s Partnerships Forum will provide an opportunity to share perspectives, experiences, best practices and recommendations on how to achieve the High 5s in the rapidly changing development landscape. Specifically, presentations will focus on the implementation of the five high priority areas including the resource needs and opportunities for partnerships; present the Bank s resource windows/instruments; and explore how best to mobilize and leverage resources and partnerships to achieve the SDGs which states that all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We therefore look forward interacting with you on with you on innovative partnership opportunities and new business models as well as concrete synergies for our common objectives. Pending the go-live of the site for registrations and further information, if you have further enquiries, please send an addressed to Sincerely yours, CHARLES BOAMAH Vice-President, Finance African Development Bank Group African Development Bank, Rue Joseph Anoma; 01 BP Abidjan 01, Côte d Ivoire Tel.:

2 African Development Bank Group Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement 2017 PARTNERSHIPS FORUM FORUM DES PARTENARIATS 2017 April 6-7 Avril 2017 Abidjan, Côte d Ivoire AfDB HQ Siège de la BAD DRAFT AGENDA

3 DAY 1 Thursday, 06 April, 2017 Registration - 08H30-09H00 Session I: Partnering for the High-fives 09H00-09H10 09H10-09H25 09H25-09H40 09H40 10H05 10H05-10H15 10H15 10H30 10H30-11H00 11H00-11H15 11H15-11H45 11H45-12H00 12H00-12H30 12H30-14H00 Venue: Opening Remarks Mr. Charles Boamah, Vice-President, Finance AfDB Group Strategic Directions and Priorities for Africa s Transformation Presentation: SNSP Light Up and Power Africa Chair: Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Presentation: PEVP (A Director from the complex) Feed Africa Strategy Chair: Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development Presentation: AHAI / AHFR Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative (JfYA) Strategy Presentation: AHHD Industrialize Africa Strategy Chair: Vice-President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization Presentation: PITD / PISD Lunch TBD Session II: Transformational Impact in Transition Countries: Accelerating delivery of the High 5s in fragile situations 14H00-14H15 14H15-14H45 14H45-15H00 10,000 Communities in 1,000 Days Chair: Vice-President, Regional Development, Integration & Business Delivery Presentation: RDTS

4 Session III: In-depth Partner Specific Discussions Chair: Different VPs / Directors PARALLEL SESSION A DISCUSSIONS WITH BILATERAL AGENCIES & MULTILATERAL INSTITUTIONS Theme: MDB Experience in grant/concessional financing responding to the questions 1. What works, where, why, and what does not work? What must be done differently? 2. How can we work together to have a meaningful impact on the continent s development? 3. What is each institution s role in supporting and implementing effective solutions? 15H00-15H30 15H30-16H00 16H00-17H00 17H00-17H30 Trust Funds / Technical Cooperation Funds Co-financing Technical Cooperation with UN Specialised Agencies Conclusions PARALLEL SESSION B DISCUSSIONS WITH NON-SOVEREIGN ENTITIES Theme: 15H00-15H15 15H15-16H00 16H00-17H00 17H00-17H30 19H00 Synergies for Africa s Development Presentation on how the AfDB works with NSEs (journey so far ) Feedback from the NSEs on their expectations from the AfDB on opportunities for NSEs in Africa Conclusions Diner DAY 2 Friday, 07 April, 2017 Session IV : Plenary Session 09H00-10H00 Feedback from the Parallel Sessions Presentation: Chair of Session I and II respectively 10H00-10H30 10H30-10H45 10H45-11H45 11H45-12H00 12H30-14H00 14H00-17H00 17H00-18H00 Effectiveness and Efficiency in the AfDB Trust Funds Management : policies, practices, challenges Presentation: FIRM/FIFC/PGCL Closing Remarks by Vice-President, FIVP Lunch Bilateral meetings Cocktail

5 Light up & power Africa Eclairer & électrifier l Afrique Feed Africa Nourrir l Afrique Industralise Africa Industrialiser l Afrique Integrate Africa Intégrer l Afrique Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa Améliorer la qualité de vie des populations en Afrique