Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will visit Africa March 7-11, to discuss opportunities and challenges facing African economies in the wake of the global crisis. Mr. Strauss-Kahn will visit Kenya on March 7-8, South Africa on March 9-10, and Zambia on March 10-11.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn will discuss the recent successes as well as the challenges the continent needs to address, including the impact of global climate change, a problem that disproportionately affects Africa. He will participate in a panel debate â€œAfricaâ€™s Economic Transformation:
The Road Aheadâ€, which will also include Kenyaâ€™s Prime Minister Raila Odinga; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta; Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai; rock star and activist Bob Geldof; and Transparency Internationalâ€™s Akere Muna.
During his visit to the three countries, Mr. Strauss-Kahn will hold a series of meetings with the authorities, trade unions, representatives of civil society, and the private sector. He will also give a speech on the global financial crisis at the University of Witswaterand during his visit to South Africa.
â€œI am very glad to come back to Africa and continue our engagement with African leaders and citizens in a fruitful and open policy dialogue,â€ Mr. Strauss-Kahn said. â€œIt is an opportunity for us to deepen the dialogue on issues concerning the continentâ€™s main challengeâ€”sustaining solid growth in the post-crisis world to put Africa on the path of prosperity.â€