Economist Mamadou Dia, Ing. José Brito and Dr. Jacob Olugbenga Adesida share their research findings on Governance in Africa in the 21st Century at the José Maria Neves Foundation for Governance (FJMNG), Praia, May 24, 2017

18673120 1314323545289446 7001182372064744559 o 1Created and chaired by the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Cabo Verde, the José Maria Neves Foundation for Governance (FJMNG) major objective aims at promoting good governance and fundamental freedoms, consolidating the democratic rule of law, the effectiveness of public policies and the sustainable development of small island States.

According to the FJMNG, the following activities will be carried out:


a) Applied scientific research in the fields of governance, management and sustainable development, in particular public policies, economics, organizational theory, sociology, information and communication technologies, innovation, international relations, growth and competitiveness and local and regional development;

b) The organization of symposia, conferences, seminars or other similar activities relevant to the reflection and dissemination of issues relating to State and public administration reforms, governance and modernization of enterprise management, the design and implementation of public policies and development management;

c) The exchange of scientific and technical information with other national and foreign institutions;

d) Development of products and services that promote the conservation of the environment;

e)  Environmental education and technical training in the field of climate change and its impact, particularly on small island States;

f) The promotion and creation of renewable energy technologies and projects in the various sectors of economy;

g) Recovery of degraded and altered areas and reduction of greenhouse gases;

h) Support, promotion and implementation or, in the most varied forms, of scientific and technological development activities in the fields of the environment, biodiversity conservation, water resources, tourism, Creative economies and other actions related to sustainable development;

i)  Protection of animals;

j) Cooperation with the public or private, national or international, through partnerships, agreements, contracts or agreements for the achievement of social objectives;

k) The development of other legitimate activities to achieve the expected results, but not expressly mentioned in the preceding paragraphs, if these are approved in advance by the Board of Directors.

Thus, at the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day, the José Maria Neves Foundation for Governance (FJMNG) organized at the International Institute of Portuguese Language (IILP), in Praia, a Conference on Governance in the 21st Century in Africa, hosted by the Senegalese economist Mamadou Dia, on the one hand, and by the Cabo Verdean engineer, politician and co-founder of the IHABA José Brito and  his partner and co-founder of HIABA Dr. Jacob Olugbenga Adesida. The session which was moderated by Prof. Djénéba Traoré, Director General of the West Africa Institute (WAI), recorded the address of Dr. Jorge Tolentino, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cabo Verde whose speech focused on the recent achievements in Africa. Dr. Tolentino also welcomed the election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu from Ethiopia to the position of Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the most powerful agencies of the United Nations Organization (UNO).

18620279 1314324751955992 945237161091344616 nIn his presentation entitled "The Most Important  Challenges of Governance for Africa in the 21st Century", the former Director of Operations at the World Bank Mamadou Dia,  highlighted the key factors that African countries must take into account in order to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century. Introducing his presentation with the statement of Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa in which the 21st century would be the century of Africa, the speaker confronted this affirmation with the reality of the African continent, marked from 2016 by the fall of raw material prices leading to a significant slowdown in economic growth.

In order to make productivity the basis for sustainable growth in Africa, Mamadou Dia proposed that the following strategies be implemented:

- Investments in the training of human and physical capital;

- Stopping the flight of illegal capital;

- Use of diaspora money transfers to finance development;

- Use of external investments with public-private partnership (PPP) contracts.

Finally, to ensure a successful transition from African economies to more diversified and productive emerging economies, Mamadou Dia advocated for virtuous governance, as well as economic and institutional stability.

18673199 1314321655289635 6781475147644613907 oThe theme of the second contribution presented by Ing. José Brito and Dr. Jacob Olugbenga Adesida was «Governance of a Small Island State and the Active Inclusion of Cabo Verde in Africa». The two speakers highlighted the strengths of African countries by highlighting the case of Cabo Verde to achieve the goals of sustainable development. According to them, the respect for the principles of democracy, the rule of law, good governance, strategic planning and transparency in procurement are the key elements of the process on which Cabo Verde was based to achieve its current stage of development.

For both speakers, there is a matter of urgency and therefore they recommended that the country had to be vigilant, proactive, think strategically and long-term to ensure its entry into the African continent and to be attractive to foreign investments.


Started at 5.30 pm, the conference ended at around 8 pm further to a constructive exchange between the speakers and a high-level audience.  18699676 1314321108623023 5162209003012150061 o 1

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