President Muhammadu Buhari and 17 other heads of State and Government, as well as 1,500 leaders from business and society are expected at the 3rd Commonwealth Africa Summit 2016 from March 14 to 16 in London, United Kingdom with the theme: Shared Prosperity, Mutual Security.
The Commonwealth Africa Summit is a gathering of government and business leaders from various parts of the Commonwealth to discuss and debate on various issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship, leadership, counterterrorism, security, economic development in Africa.
According to a report, Baroness Flather, British-Indian Politician; Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament; Mrs Onari Duke, Country Director, Empretec UNCTAD, Nigeria; Mr. Tonye Cole, Chief Executive Officer, Sahara Group; Clive Carpenter, Vice Chairman Business Council for Africa; Dr Caroline Harper OBE, CEO, Sightsavers Global among other Eminent African Business and Government leaders are expected at the summit as Guest Speakers and Panellists.
One thousand five hundred leaders from business and society as well as Some of the other panellists such as Secretary General of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, Clive Harridge; Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Audu Ogbe; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; CEO/MD Heritage Bank Plc, Mr. Ifie Sekibo; Public Speaker, Environmental Activist Dr. Mary Manzo and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Elika Foundation; Director Royal Commonwealth Society, Michael Lake CBE; Tony McMahon, CEO, Rostra Consulting and many more.
The summit is designed to provide a space for high-level dialogue between business and government leaders from Commonwealth countries from Africa and their counterparts across the globe to provide a platform for Commonwealth nations from Africa to showcase investment opportunities to a wider business community while learning best practices on securing their homeland and borderlines.
Creating a platform that makes it easier for Commonwealth countries in Africa to do more business with member states from other parts of the world as well as provide a unique opportunity for companies in Africa and other Commonwealth countries to network and exchange views on intra-Commonwealth trade and investment is one of the core aims of the summit. CAS 2016 will also provide a valuable trade relations platform for Government and Business leaders’ community as it would provide opportunity for attraction of investments into Africa.
The wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Gate as a mark of respect to the fallen Africans who died in the two World Wars will mark the opening of the summit. Distinguished Commonwealth leaders and former Prime Minister John Major, among other dignitaries, customarily attend the wreath laying ceremony. Guests will later converged at the Westminster Abbey to attend the Commonwealth Day Observance Service in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, senior politicians, High Commissioners, Commonwealth dignitaries and over 200 VIPs.
This year’s summit will feature an “Investment Pitching” session during which registered countries and States will be given the opportunity to make investment pitches of about 10 to 15 minutes to communicate metrics and aspirations to potential investors. Plenary sessions have been incorporated into the summit, which will allow influential leaders to debate general issues of primary interest to participants with speakers sharing their views and debate what efforts to be employed in unlocking the opportunities and achieve successful outputs for Africa.

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