France/G20/Africa Progress Panel
President Sarkozy will hold a meeting with the members of the Africa Progress Panel tomorrow, Tuesday, 15 February, at the Elysée Palace.
Eight members of the Panel will be present at this round table: its President, Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Michel Camdessus, Managing Director of the IMF from 1987 to 2000; Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International; Bob Geldof, singer, founder of Band Aid and Live Aid and co-founder of the NGO One; Linah Mohohlo, Governor of the Bank of Botswana; Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Bob Rubin, former American Secretary of the Treasury under the Clinton Administration; and Tidjane Thiam, Chairman and Managing Director of the British financial services company Prudential plc and President of the G20’s new High-Level Panel for Infrastructure Investment.
France has chosen to give Africa priority in her G20 and G8 Presidency. The discussions between the members of the Panel and President Sarkozy will focus particularly on innovative financing, the fight against hunger, food security, infrastructure development – key to Africa’s emergence – and good governance, particularly transparency in the exploitation of the continent’s natural resources.
Throughout the year President Sarkozy intends to gather the opinions of the Africa Progress Panel’s members, in order to lay the foundations of decisive progress in Africa’s development./.