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Blair delivers 2020 Kofi Annan Eminent Speakers’ Lecture on Monday

Tony will deliver the 2020 Kofi Annan Eminent Speakers' Lecture at a virtual event organized by the African Development Institute

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, will deliver the 2020 Kofi Annan Eminent Speakers’ Lecture on Monday (16 November 2020).

The virtual event is being organised by the African Development Institute (ADI).

Under the theme: “Building Back Better in Post COVID-19 Africa: The Role of Technology and Governance”, it will be the fourth in a series since its inception. It will be attended by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, and Rabah Arezki, Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management of the Bank.

Since leaving office, Blair established the Institute for Global Change to work on some of the most difficult challenges in the world today.

The institute’s work focuses primarily on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East, and countering extremism.

Teams from his Institute are directly supporting leaders across the globe in their fight against COVID, as well as, delivering analysis and advice to help countries mitigate the economic impact.

This is to ensure they harness the power of technology and to better position themselves for rebuilding.

About the lecture

The African Development Bank launched the Eminent Speakers’ Lecture series in 2006 to provide a platform for a robust exchange of ideas to meet the challenges of African development.

The series has featured world-class speakers, politicians, top academics, businesspeople and civil society representatives, who have spoken on a diverse range of topics and issues, including economics, finance, regional integration, human development, the environment, and philosophy.

Fred Dzakpata

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