President Sirleaf Opens International Conference on the Emergence of Africa; Says Africa is Rising

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

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Abidjan,Cote d'lvoire: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has opened the Second Edition of International Conference on the Emergence of Africa in Abidjan stressing-Africa is rising; the future of the continent's growth and prosperity is certain and Africa is on the move; and its future is certain.

According to Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Tuesday, March 28, 217 in Abidjan opened the 2017 Second Edition of International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) - recounting the success and challenges of African countries.

The Conference took place at Sofitel Hotel, under the theme: "The Implementation of Plans for Emergence in Africa."

She attributed the future of Africa to its people’s resolved to shape their own destiny and at the same time emphasizing the need for countries to ensure value addition to their exports, divergences and modernization among others things to keep their economy animated. 

She maintained that Africans must take ownership of their destiny and as well take stock of their achievements and embrace it stressing, “We have confidence in Africa’s future and the processes” She told the Conference.

President Sirleaf said the three-day meeting is an opportunity to assess the countries’ progress in formulating programs and policies relating to the emergence of Africa. She challenged participants to assess issues of climate change, adaptation, and new technology among other things that are critical to achieving emergence.

She said since the global decline of prices of basic commodities and the effect of Ebola, Liberia still continues to face the challenges of transforming growth but was quick to note that Africa’s future is certain. She said this is because Africans are taking hold of their own future stressing: “We are so pleased that many of us are still finding the way in the rest of Africa, from Ethiopia to Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Tanzania, East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa and West Africa, - we are now transforming our future, and the future is very great,” she noted.

She then congratulated H.E. Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire for the warm reception and hospitality accorded her and delegation since their arrival in Abidjan and thanked him for organizing the conference.

Special remarks were also delivered by Presidents Alpha Conde of Guinea, Macky Sall of Senegal, Alassane Ouattara, of Côte d’Ivoire, Helen Clark of UNDP and AfDB President - Dr. Adesina

The Conference on the Emergence of Africa was organized by Côte d’Ivoire and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in partnership with the World Bank and the African Development Bank (ADB) and brought together over 400 personalities and representatives of governments, international development institutions, research and academic centers, the private sector, and civil society organizations.

The conference, which seeks to address various issues related to the governance of public institutions and the inclusive and sustainable structural transformation of Africa. Plenary Sessions, Parallel High-Level Sessions and Side Events will focus on presentations that will be followed by discussions on two central themes: "The Governance of Public Institutions" and "The Inclusive and Sustainable Structural Transformation of Africa."

President Sirleaf and delegation returned home late Tuesday evening.