Private Sector-led Growth in Africa - Obstacles, Opportunities and Dilemmas on the Road Ahead

26 November 2009 - 08:30 to 10:00

Chatham House, London


HE Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark
Dr Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Michael Foster, International Development Minister, UK
Chair: HE Berhanu Kebede, Ethiopian Ambassador



A dynamic and well-functioning private sector is central to the achievement of sustainable economic development in Africa and is closely linked to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals. One of the most crucial concerns is the creation of employment for Africa's growing young population. The Africa Commission has worked to draw these issues to the attention of donors, African governments and essential Pan-African institutions. However, the question remains: how can African and international stakeholders best help to reduce impediments to African entrepreneurship and bring opportunities to light?

The Africa Commission has sought to contribute with both answers and concrete action on this question. This event, presenting the work of the Africa Commission, will foster a discussion on how best to further sustainable private sector-led growth in Africa.

Report of the Africa Commission