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6th Commonwealth Africa Summit 2019: Investing in Our Common Future

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It has been forecasted that by 2050 some of the Commonwealth African member states will be at the top of the list of countries with the highest poverty, if action is not taken. The GOALKEEPERS report says Extreme poverty is becoming heavily concentrated in Sub Saharan African countries. By 2050, that’s where 86 percent of the extremely poor people in the world are projected to live. Therefore, the world’s priority for the next three decades should be a third wave of poverty reduction in Africa.

One of the obstacles the continent faces is rapid population growth. Africa as a whole is projected to

nearly double in size by 2050, which means that even if the percentage of poor people on the continent

is cut in half, the number of poor people stays the same. Even so, for most African countries, the

The report claims that the challenge is that, within Africa, poverty is concentrating in just a handful of very fast-growing countries. By 2050, for example, more than 40 percent of the extremely poor people in the world will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria. Even within these countries, poverty is concentrating in certain areas. Poverty in these areas is unique. It’s rooted in violence, political instability, gender inequality, severe climate change, and other deep-seated crises. It’s also tied to other problems, including high rates of child mortality and malnutrition. As a result, today’s poorest people have significantly fewer opportunities than most of the billion people who escaped poverty during the first two waves.

This is why we are gathering In London In March 2019 at the 6th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit. We, like the GOALKEEPERS believe—and history proves—that poor countries can chart a new course by investing in their young people. As a result of successes in Asia the geography of poverty is changing: Investing in young people’s, in health, in security, in agriculture, in tourism and security, and in education is the best way for a country to unlock productivity and innovation, cut poverty, create opportunities, and generate prosperity.

This summit will among other things inspire a collective action among commonwealth leaders that will take bolder and more effective steps at inspiring real leadership, eradicating poverty, ending corruption and engaging a more globally united approach to promote peace and prosperity in Africa.

The 2019 Summit will also feature the second CAS Youth Forum for Young and Emerging African Leaders with the theme: Shaping Our Future Together, Today. Young people in Africa are increasingly becoming aware of their leadership potentials; many are now change makers whose voices matter in relevant global issues. Through the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1990s, the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia in 2011, the 2012 ‘Enough is enough!’ campaigns in Senegal to the third-term revolution in Burkina Faso in 2014, young people remain at the forefront of democratic struggles on the African continent.


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The Commonwealth Africa Summit is a high level, multi-stakeholder event that annually brings together government and business leaders from the Commonwealth and allies to facilitate dialogue and action on key and relevant issues ranging from trade and investment, entrepreneurship and job creation, economic development, Security and counterterrorism, Energy and Power amongst other relevant issues in Africa.

The event, usually hosted in the past as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London, is organised by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative and GLEEHD Foundation, to provide a veritable platform for the generation of new ideas, trade agreements, business relationships and investments.

The Summit convenes Heads of Government, senior ministers, public sector leaders, the private sector and senior executives in one place to discuss security and development, trade and investment, and business opportunities.

The summit is recognized by Governments and business leaders as one of the most important events for the international investment community, providing commonwealth nations from Africa a high-level platform to showcase investment opportunities and interact with global leaders, senior policymakers, corporate executives, investors, African leaders in Diaspora, and civil society leaders from across the world.

The summit further engages political leaders in concrete and constructive dialogues, where parties hold each other accountable in the quest for economic development and collective growth. Opportunities are also offered to the private sector to meet political leaders and policy makers from other part of Africa and the Commonwealth. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for companies in Africa and other Commonwealth countries to network and exchange views on intra-Commonwealth business relations.

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