Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 08:30 - 13:00
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor
Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium
Promoting Regional Integration and Food Security in Africa
The small size, economic isolation, and poor infrastructure of many countries, particularly in Africa, present development challenges not easily surmounted at the national level. Integrated regional markets enable food to move from surplus to deficit areas, increasing food availability and reducing price volatility. …Regional integration connects countries, leads to improved productivity, and expands trade and competitiveness that increases incomes and ensures a more resilient food supply.
-United States Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, Consultation Document, September 2009
Food security initiatives must include a strong focus on promoting local and regional food markets. Please join us for a discussion on the role of African governments, the private sector and the donor community in integrating African economies at a sub-regional and regional level, with a particular focus on infrastructure and trade policies.
8:30am-9:00am: Registration and Coffee
9:00am-9:10am: Welcome – John Sewell, Wilson Center
9:10am-9:30am: Keynote Speaker – The Role of Regional Integration in the US Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative: What would a Whole of Government approach in supporting regional integration entail? – Ann Tutwiler, USDA
9:30am-11:00am: Session I: Infrastructure
Moderator – Mima Nedelcovych, Schaeffer Global Group
Sound regional infrastructure is crucial for regional integration, but Africa’s infrastructure lags behind that of other developing countries. Speakers will address challenges and opportunities inherent in addressing this infrastructure gap.
- Opportunities for Regional Corridor Development – Paul Jourdan, South African Regional Spatial Development Program
- Overcoming Africa’s Infrastructure Gaps – Vivien Foster, World Bank
- Doing Business in Africa: Private Sector Involvement in African Infrastructure Development – Bill Lane, Caterpillar
- The Role of Infrastructure in Agricultural Development and Food Security – Perspectives from the African Development Bank – Aly Abou-Sabaa, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank
11:00am-11:30am: Coffee Break
11:30am-12:50pm: Session II: Trade
Moderator – Katrin Kuhlmann, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
Regional integration also requires sound policies. On the trade front, it requires a lowering of tariffs and other non-tariff trade barriers. Equally important is a streamlining of custom procedures and other “at the border” measures. Speakers will address progress made on trade liberalization and trade facilitation, and on overcoming remaining barriers.
- Prospects for the Expansion of Local and External Agribusiness Investments in Africa’s Regional Corridors – Lynette Chen, NEPAD Business Foundation
- Making Agricultural Markets Work – Anne Mbaabu, AGRA
- What Does Africa Stand to Gain from Trade Facilitation? – Charlotte Hebebrand, IPC
12:50pm-1:00pm: Next Steps and Closing – Julie Howard, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and John Sewell, Wilson Center