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  World Economic Forum on Africa
    Cape Town, 31 May 2 June 2006
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Achievements, Commitments and Aspirations Printer friendly versionSend to a friend
Achievements
Promoting Investment The Investment Climate Facility for Africa endorsed by our Africa Economic Summit 2005, and an outcome of the G-8/ UK Commission for Africa's 'Year of Africa'- deliberations was launched in Cape Town with secured seed funding of US$ 100 million and a strong, business-led mandate to improve Africa's investment climate.

Ensuring Access to Education The NEPAD e-Schools Initiative demonstration project operates in 16 African countries and will fund e-access in 120 schools by completion in mid 2007. The ultimate goal is to have all 600,000 African schools involved within ten years.

Building Social Infrastructure
Fighting Hunger A National Council was launched in Kenya, under the auspices of the Forum's Business Alliance Against Chronic Hunger, with eight multinational and domestic companies providing time and resources.
Promoting Global Health Guidelines were launched for large companies to support the HIV/AIDS programmes of smaller companies in their supply chains.

Promoting Social Entrepreneurship
Sunette Pienaar was named the South African Social Entrepreneur 2006 in Cape Town.
Across Africa, the Schwab Foundation has engaged and celebrated the most promising social entrepreneurs.

We have selected a few achievements, commitments and aspirations from the three days of the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2006.

The commitments vary: Some are championed by individuals, others by a group of members, while in some cases the Forum community has merely played a facilitating role, assisting progress and galvanizing action on African-led initiatives.

The Forum is proud to be associated with leaders in business, government, civil society and academia who are committed, through their actions, to improving the state of the world.

It is our hope that achievements of the past can be emulated and scaled up, that aspirations outlined this year will inspire future commitments and, most importantly, that commitments will translate into tangible, measurable action and achievement.

Fighting Corruption The Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) now counts 103 signatories representing more than US$ 500 billion in annual turnover. PACI signatories have committed to doing business in Africa in support of anti-corruption efforts on the continent.
Business Takes Action against HIV/AIDS selected examples of corporate engagement:
Eskom has supported 42 suppliers in South Africa to establish HIV/AIDS workplace programmes, reaching 20,000 people.
Unilever has supported 70 small tea farms in Kenya to establish HIV/AIDS workplace programmes, reaching 12,000 people.
SAB Miller has supported 400 owner drivers and 160 bars to establish HIV/AIDS workplace programmes.
Addressing the Resource Curse Global deliberations of the mining industry on responses to resource endowment challenges and opportunities have now fully incorporated insights from leaders of Africa's mining industry.
Sharing Best Practices In a session on 'Technologies for Growth', experts shared experiences on how to ensure that technologies relevant to African markets are adopted more effectively.

"Building an International Business Alliance to Scale Up Success": Jim Goodnight, Chief Executive Officer, SAS, USA; Patrice T. Motsepe,
Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), South Africa; and Syamal Gupta, Chairman, Tata International, India, at the closing
session of the World Economic Forum on Africa


"The challenge is how do we get companies and entrepreneurs to flourish and develop." Lars Thunell Executive Vice-President, International Finance Corporation, (IFC), Washington DC
Selected Commitments
The African Development Bank has committed to be the lead facilitator of pan-African infrastructure projects, and participants agreed to better leverage public-private partnerships and better integrate the views and contribution of business as a partner in infrastructure development projects.

The World Economic Forum has committed to launch a public-private partnership to strengthen public healthcare systems in sub-Saharan Africa. This will address epidemic and pandemic diseases and will be launched at the Annual Meeting 2007 in Davos.

The Forum's Energy Poverty Task Force, a group of Forum member companies active in the search for, and implementation of, innovative solutions to rural electrification has committed to two pilot schemes, electrifying 11,000 households (with a significant potential to scale up) in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho by 2008.

Improving Energy Access The Development Bank of South Africa, the African Development Bank, Areva and Shell committed to facilitate the creation of a project database for small-scale energy projects to facilitate the sharing of knowledge.

African members of our community of Young Global Leaders have, inter alia, committed to:
Sponsor a film series on African Success Stories
Launch a financial literacy programme in Rwanda
Establish leadership development institutes throughout Africa

A core group of leaders has committed to establish the South African Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

To leverage the power of sport The South African 2010 Local Organizing Committee pledged to make 2010 an African World Cup, inter alia, by maximizing African business involvement in all events surrounding the Cup.

Commitments on Health:

A food and beverage company committed to working with the Forum's Global Health Initiative to implement world-class malaria control programmes in at least three countries of operations.
Companies committed to providing and analysing their data to help show the cost benefit of providing effective AIDS treatment to workers and communities.
Action on HIV/AIDS Volkswagen committed to supporting at least nine of their small-scale suppliers to establish strong health and safety programmes, including HIV/AIDS workplace programmes.
To promote the African brand, Bata shoes manufactured in Kenya will in future carry the stamp "Made in Africa" a pledge made by Thomas J. Bata, Chairman, Bata Shoe Foundation.

Changing Perceptions Forum companies in the advertising, media and entertainment industries committed to support recent successes in business and government in Africa by establishing a "Rebranding Africa Campaign" to be launched at the Annual Meeting 2007 in Davos.

Aspirations
A selection of the broad range of aspirations expressed by participants in Cape Town:

Principles to projects Operationalize NEPAD principles on transnational private-public partnership into tangible costed projects like the West Africa gas pipeline and the Inga Dam.

Breakthrough in trade Improved market access for African goods.

Increase the input and engagement of African business in global trade negotiations.

Improved governance Build on Africa's gains in improved peace and security, improved governance standards and entrenched rule of law to ensure that the exception becomes the norm.

Healthcare:

Healthcare systems Develop sustainable and comprehensive approaches to the strengthening of healthcare systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Increase access to HIV treatment Unilever, Eskom, Volkswagen, Standard Chartered Bank, SAB Miller and Heineken aspire to support all the small and medium size enterprises in their supply chain to establish HIV/AIDS workplace programmes. Together, they could reach over one million people, but will need to partner with government to make this happen.
There should be deeper, more symbiotic partnership between universities, business and governments in Africa to ensure universities as drivers and incubators of growth.
Reduced constraints to intra-African trade to allow capacity, efficiencies and scale to be improved regionally even as negotiations continue in the global arena.

China and Africa Improve Africa's role in determining terms of engagement with China.Increasingly move from perceiving China as a threat to discussing holistic, win-win solutions to strengthen the partnership and maximize the opportunity arising from trade and investment with Asian giants.

Rebranding Africa To associate Africa with positive images and to build stronger country brands within the continent.

"Action is what counts. This is Africa's moment, not of greatest need, but of greatest opportunity." Niall FitzGerald Chairman, Reuters, United Kingdom; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum

"Our belief has been that by bringing business together with governments and civil society, those partnerships could unlock Africa's great potential and would allow the continent to assume its proper role in the global economy." Peter Torreele Managing Director, World Economic Forum