The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech – Morocco from April 7-9.

The three-day event to be held at the Palmeraie Resort brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa’s international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions.

This year’s event coincides with the Foundation’s celebration of 10 years of putting governance at the centre of Africa’s development discourse. The gathering will build on insights from the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance: A Decade of African Governance and look at the next decade to set out a path forward for the continent.

According to the report released by the Foundation that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism and migration, the risk of a democratic recession and the need for an inclusive economic growth.

Key speakers expected include the Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr Mo Ibrahim, the President of African Development Bank Dr Akinwumi Adesina and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Also expected are the Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO, Mr Sello Hatang, Nigerian investor and the Dangote Group CEO, Mr Aliko Dangote, and Mr Abdoulie Bathily, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Central Africa.

The talks will be moderated by Mr Abdelamalek Alaoui, the Founder and CEO, Guepard Group, the BBC HardTalk presenter Ms Zeinab Badawi, and Ms Jendayi Fraser, the President and CEO of 50 Ventures, LLC

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