Rwanda to Host Inaugural African Transformation Forum

Rwanda's Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Claver Gatete

Veteran politician Felix Okot Ogong has survived the wave of opposition that swept away all senior National Resistance Movement members in the Lango sub region in the recent elections.

The electoral commission on Wednesday night declared Felix Ogong as elected Member of Parliament for the newly created Dokolo South Constituency, check winning his closest contender with a margin of about 5000 votes.

Declaring the results at 10:27 the District returning officer Benjamin Ewal announced that out of the 66 polling stations, Okot Ogong polled a total of 10, 273 representing 51.68 percent.

His closest opponent Daniel Okelllo Okello an independent candidate polled 5608 while Opito Vincent came third with 3450 and Denis Ekoch forth with 908 votes.

Go Forward’s Okello Jaspher Magambo managed 146 and Edwin Oluru settled with 86 votes.

The District returning officer asserted that the electoral process was free and fair.

The parliamentary elections for Dokolo South which were supposed to be held together with the presidential elections on the 18th of February were deferred by the electoral commission after a mismatch of photos and names of candidates between Okello Daniel and Okello Jaspher Magambo.

Other 5 constituencies and four district women MP elections were also deferred.

Okot Ogong is now among the very few NRM MPs who made it through in Lango.

Three ministers were evicted from their parliamentary seat among them, Sam Engola the State Minister for Housing and Rebecca Amuge Otengo State Minister for Northern Uganda.

Okot has been the representative of Dokolo County since 1996, but recently theCounty was divided in to two. He will now represent Dokolo South.

His chances of returning to cabinet after 10 years on the bench might have doubled since all ministers from the sub region were knocked down in the ballots.

Okot Ogong was first appointed the minister of Youth and later Children and Parliamentary Affairs before being dropped.
On Monday 14th March, salve Rwanda will host the inaugural African Transformation Forum (ATF). The Forum is jointly organized by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), one of Africa’s leading think tanks, and the Government of Rwanda.

K.Y. Amoako, president of ACET said that for years, his organization had wanted to convene leading thinkers, policy makers, the private sector and civil society to shape solutions to deliver economic transformation in Africa.

“With the inaugural ATF, this has now happened,” he said and thanked the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame for “his unwavering support for the Forum and his government’s characteristic efficiency in bringing it to fruition”.

Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Claver Gatete, notes in his message to visiting delegates that though Rwanda may be a small country geographically, its aspirations – for both itself and the continent – are great. The path to meeting these aspirations, he adds, requires an unwavering focus on economic transformation.

The focus of the Forum will be on key areas that can unlock rapid and sustained growth, establish the continent as part of the global supply chain and make Africa globally competitive not only in terms of exports but also as a frontier manufacturing base.

In its 2014 African Transformation Report, ACET described this as ‘Growth with DEPTH’; that is diversification of production, export competitiveness,productivity increases, technology upgrades and human wellbeing. This forum is designed to advance the agenda from the ‘what’ of economic transformation to the ‘how’.

One of the key objectives of the Forum, said Anver Versi, ACET communications chief, will be to introduce and create a Coalition for Transformation in Africa.

“This is a leadership network organized in Chapters, each focused on a specific and vital area of economic development. The idea is that after the Forum, Chapter members including governments, businesses and civil society dedicated to Africa’s economic transformation will continue to meet, discuss and find solution beyond the Forum”.

The programme has a stellar cast of speakers, including some of the continent’s leading analysts and thinkers.
Amongst them Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Makhtar Diop, VP for Africa at the World Bank; Antoinette Sayeh, Africa Department Director of the IMF; Nkosana Moyo, Founder and Executive Chair of MINDS , James Mwangi, Executive Director at Dalberg and ACET’s own experts – Yaw Ansu, Ed Brown and Joe Amoako-Tuffour amongst others.



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