The Wilson's Center Africa Program and The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa are pleased to invite you to a discussion on the evolving role of African Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations in Africa's political and economic integration. The African Union and the New Partnership for African Development have named regional integration as a core goal for African development. This conference will look at the progress on integration to date, the success of regional organizations in furthering economic growth and development, their role in conflict management and mitigation, and the international community's response to and support for regionalism on the continent.

The conference agenda is as follows:

09:30 – 09:55 AM: REGISTRATION

10:00 – 10:05 AM: WELCOMING REMARKS
Howard Wolpe, Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Mima Nedelcovych, Managing Director, Schaffer Global Group

10:05 – 11:00 AM: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Erastus Mwencha, Secretary-General of COMESA, and incoming Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission

11:05 AM – 12:45 PM: PANEL I: AFRICAN ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
Lamine Cissé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) – moderator
Joe Clark, former Canadian Prime Minister
Franklin Moore, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID
Mahamane Toure, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace & Security, ECOWAS

12:50 – 2:00 PM: LUNCH KEYNOTE
Ann Tutwiler, Managing Director, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

2:15 – 3:45 PM: PANEL II: AFRICAN ORGANIZATIONS AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION
Mima Nedelcovych, Managing Director, Schaffer Global Group - moderator
Philibert Afrika, Director for Operations Policy, Review, and Compliance, African Development Bank
Callisto Madavo, former Vice-President for Africa, The World Bank
Mark D. Tomlinson, Director, Regional Integration, Africa Region, The World Bank

4:00 – 4:30 PM: CLOSING KEYNOTE
Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance, South Africa

4:35 – 4:50 PM: THANK YOU