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The 5th Africa Resource Bank Meeting

Start Date: 11-11-2007 00:00:00
End Date: 14-11-2007 00:00:00

Theme: Positioning Africa in the 21st Century

Venue: Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort

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Africa Resource Bank 


The Africa Resource Bank  (ARB) is a network of organizations and individuals with an objective of promoting concepts that will enhance economic freedom and wealth creation in Africa.  Launched in 2003, the annual event brings together academicians, policy makers, economists, business people, civil societies and think tank representatives from all over the world to deliberate on how to cause increased productivity in Africa.  

From left to right: Prof. George Ayittey,
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi and James Shikwati
during the 1st ARB Meeting in Mombasa

Kenya’s Trade and Industry Minister Dr Mukhisa Kituyi launched the first ARB meeting held at the tourist city of Mombasa, on the Indian Ocean beaches in November 2003.  The meeting focused on ‘Building Africa through Trade’. African entrepreneurs explored the invisible wealth and strategies for promoting intra Africa trade. 

In the 2nd Africa Resource Bank Meeting, participants explored the role of property rights in economic productivity in Africa. The 2004 meeting at Lake Elementaita Lodge in the heart of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya
Kenya, Germany, Mali and Nigeria
delegates at the 2nd ARB meeting
focused on the theme ‘Property rights in the African context.’ It was concluded that the African governments’ role in development ought to be to uphold the rule of law and to provide an environment that enable citizens to create wealth.

The 3rd Africa Resource bank meeting under the theme ‘ Conquering poverty in Africa through business’ was held in November 2005 at the Lake Bogoria Spa Resort home to the famous hot springs in Kenya.
The 3rd ARB participants at
Lake Bogoria Spa Resort
Participants argued that positive selfishness and self-interest are strategic in promoting business minded individuals in Africa. It is through business that Africans can seek to exploit untapped resources on the continent and fight poverty. 

Waking up to the sound of the singing birds and jogging alongside antelopes in the morning was the norm at the Lake Naivasha Simba lodge, the venue for the 4th ARB meeting in November 2006. Under the theme ‘Turning Africa people into a resource’

Participants in a brainstorming
session during the 4th ARB meeting

participants explored possibilities of turning 900 million (960 million) Africans into a single market. Emerging issues focused on the relevance of the current education system on the continent and how it fails to prepare Africans to effectively respond to daily challenges that confront them.  

This year’s event is set for November 11-14, 2007 under the theme ‘Positioning Africa in the 21st century.’ The 5th Africa Resource Bank meeting will be held in Tanzania. Participants will be exploring the reason behind the success of the West and emerging Eastern Economies and provide possible solutions to cause prosperity in Africa.

The 5th Africa Resource Bank Meeting

Theme: Positioning Africa in the 21st Century

Date: November 11 - 14, 2007

Venue: Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort

An Annual event for Africans and friends of Africa keen on a better Africa

Promoting business and creating wealth is the way out to fight poverty, disease, hunger and other social problems in Africa. Africans should take the responsibility of changing their situation consequently making the continent a better place to be.

For the last four years, the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) has brought together like-minded Africans and friends of Africa keen on the future of this continent for the Africa Resource Bank (ARB) Meeting. Launched in 2003, ARB is an annual event that aims at promoting ideas that will enhance economic freedom and wealth creation in Africa. The past four brainstorming sessions focused on Building Africa through Trade, Property Rights in the African Context, Conquering Poverty in Africa through Business and Turning African People into a Resource.

The theme for the 5th Africa Resource Bank Meeting is ‘Positioning Africa in the 21st Century’. Scheduled for 11-14 November, 2007 in Tanzania, the event will bring together economists, academicians, policy makers, businessmen, farmers, think tanks and other organizations interested in Africa’s development. This event is for those who believe in Africa, the people of Africa and the power of market economics. 

Papers and Presentations

Contributors are requested to write a no less than 5,000 words paper providing an in depth analysis of factors that have impeded Africans from taking advantage of cultural interactions with other communities outside Africa with specific emphasis on the broad topics below. Only essays/ papers that offer concrete solutions to Africa’s predicaments will be accepted.

An 800-1000 word abstract should be submitted by August 31, 2007. Selected entries will be notified by September 10, 2007 and expected to submit full papers by October 12, 2007. The ideas must be original and not published elsewhere. The successful authors will be part of the panelists who will make a 15 minute presentation each, followed by an intensive discussion in the question answer session during the 5th Africa Resource Bank Meeting. For each selected paper and presentation, a cash award of $1000 will be given.

Topics of discussion

1. Rewriting Africa’s History

  • Effects of colonization on Africa’s economic development.
  • What made the African loose confidence in his person?
  • Who invented Africa and how can Africans gain from it?
  • The picture of pre-colonial Africa- was there anything positive before colonization?

2. The West and the Future of Africa

  • The role of aid and the future of Africa.
  • Migration and the brain drain debate.  
  • Global warming and the future of trade with the West.
  • Western values and the future of Africa.

3. Lessons from the Emerging Powers – China, India, Brazil, Malaysia

  • Business and Entrepreneurship Culture – lessons from the East
  • China-Africa relations: A blessing or a curse?
  • Leveraging on China’s thirst for raw material to develop Africa
  • What is the value system from the East?

4. Business in Africa in the 21st Century

  • Economic integration in Africa
  • Tax harmonization in Africa
  • Alcohol policies in Africa
  • Reviewing the education system to meet the needs of Africa   
  • The implications of global warming debate to Africa’s future 
  • Promoting the African voice
    (NB: Contributors are not limited to the given sub topics)

Four categories of papers shall be considered for presentation.

A)      ARB Specific Papers. Contributors should write a not less than 10,000 words paper based on the abstract they submitted. The paper must be original and not published elsewhere. Successful authors will be part of the panelists who will make a 15-minute presentation each, which will be followed by an intensive discussion in the question/answer session. Ten (10) papers will be nominated.  Authors of each selected and successfully presented paper will be given a cash award of $1000. Their papers will be published in the ARB publication.

B)      Special ARB Papers. Contributors should write a not les than 5,000 words paper on any one of the selected topics.  The ideas must be original and practical.  Successful authors will comprise the panelists who will make a 10-minute presentation each, followed by an intensive discussion in the question/answer session. Travel and accommodation expenses for presenters in this category will be provided. Only 5 papers will be nominated. Authors will be requested to grant permission for their papers to be included in the ARB publication.

C)      Papers presented and/or published in other forums. These papers will not be eligible for any payment nor will the contributors be eligible for full scholarships. Authors will be requested to give permission for their papers to be included in the ARB publication.

D)  Academic theses. These Papers will not be eligible for any payments nor will presenters be eligible for full scholarship

The Draft Program

Download the Draft Program here

How to Participate in the 5th ARB Meeting

To participate, send the following on or before October 26, 2007 to the address below:

  1. A brief bio /CV
  2. Your vision for Africa (Not more than 500 words)
  3. The registration form (Download Form)

The Registration fee is USD 300 for Business Participants, USD 150 for Public Participants (including Academic, Government, NGO) and USD 50 for Students. All Cheques are payable to Inter Region Economic Network. The registration deadline is October 26, 2007. We will keep you posted on the travel, hotel costs and other details.

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Africa is endowed with beautiful sceneries and wildlife. Incase you are interested in touring different parks and sceneries in both Tanzania and Kenya after the event, kindly send an email to Anne so that the necessary arrangements may be made. (Please note that this is not part of the ARB meeting).

For more information contact

Anne Mugoya
Events Organizer 
Inter Region Economic Network
Nyaku Hse. Hurlingham, Argwings Kodhek Rd.
P.O. Box 135 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Fax 254-20-2723258
Phone: 254-20-2731497
Cell: 254- 733-648201
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