Ghana hosts 2019 Africa Caucus Meeting

President Akufo-Addo will address dignitaries at the meeting

The Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Ghana will host the first leg of the 2019 African Caucus Meeting of the Governors of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Accra between 31st July and 2nd August 2019.

The second meeting will take place at the venue of the Annual Meetings of the IMF and WBG.

The African Caucus comprises African Governors (Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors) of the IMF and World Bank Group. It was established in 1963 as a forum to help organize and articulate the collective African interest within the two Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs).

The two-day meeting will be formally opened on 1st August, 2019 with an address by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, and is expected to attract about 350 delegates from Africa and the BWIs.

The theme for the meeting this year is: Africa Beyond Aid – Enhancing Institutional Capacity and Innovative Finance for Sustainable Growth.

“Hosting the African Caucus meeting in Ghana cements Government’s effort to position Ghana as a diplomatic and commercial hub, particularly so after the selection of Ghana as the secretariat for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It also presents an opportunity for us to share our Ghana Beyond Aid vision with the rest of the continent”, says Ken Ofori-Atta, Chair of both the African Caucus and the Development Committee of the World Bank.

The meeting will be centered on three eminent panels, these are; Enhancing Human Capacity and Skills Development to accelerate Jobs and Economic Transformation; Strengthening Institutional Capacity and Public Financial Management; and Promoting Innovative Finance for a Private Sector-led Growth.

Speakers from Ghana include, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance of Ghana, Chair of the African Caucus and Chair of the Development Committee of the World Bank and Hon. Alan Kyerematen, Minister for Trade and Industry.

Ken Ofori-Atta will speak on the panel for: Promoting Innovative Finance for a Private Sector-led Growth and Hon. Alan Kyerematen is scheduled to make a presentation on Developing Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones.

Other eminent speakers include, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President Emeritus, African Development Bank; Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation; Mr. Sergio Pimenta, IFC Regional VP for Middle East and Africa; Hon. Aïchatou Boulama Kané, Minister for Planning, Niger; and Mr. Acha Leke, Chairman of McKinsey’s Africa Region.