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African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF)

The continent’s premier marketplace for media owners and executives

AMLF is the largest and most important market place for media owners and executives on the continent. More than 500 delegates are expected to meet in Addis Ababa to exchange ideas about technology, business models and the content of the future.

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AMLF 2013 intends to engage media stakeholders from the African continent and beyond to discuss openly, freely and respectfully the various ways the media can contribute constructively to renewed efforts to craft a fresh narrative about Africa that both promotes Pan Africanism and reflects the demands and expectations of the continent’s citizens.

True to the spirit of the 2013 AMLF theme, “Media and the African Renaissance”, the heads of the three most influential African institutions have confirmed their participation as co-chairs of the Forum: Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of AfDB, Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of UNECA and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission.

AMLF 2013 will be an opportunity for the public to play an integral role in the discussion. On November 6th there will be a public debate themed “My Africa in 50 years”.

In the midst of the media and public discourse, a range of other conversations will be taking place, contributing to a new Pan African narrative that hopefully will inspire and re-energize us all. Indeed, AMLF will open what is now dubbed the “Governance Week” – with a number of institutions holding important meetings in Addis Ababa as a way to reaffirm their strong faith in the future of our continent, and its citizens and institutions. Fresh additions will be Femmes Afrique Solidarite, one of the most influential women’s organizations on the continent headed by Bineta Diop, and ONE, the foundation set up by rock music star Bono, to contribute to Africa’s development.

What all these organizations have in common is the strong belief that Africa has great potential to considerably enhance the livelihoods of its people. We share an unbridled confidence that Africa will shed its stereotypical images and re-write its own story.

On November 8th, there will be a Heads of States Roundtable. This is intended to provide the media leaders present with a unique opportunity to engage the participating Heads of States in a stimulating discussion on pertinent issues around media and the African government’s role in facilitating the industry’s operations. The Roundtable will be a follow up to last year’s, which was an exceptional event mediated by Dr Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. It provided a great occasion for a candid and meaningful dialogue between parties often at loggerheads.

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  • Dr. Donald Kaberuka - President of AfDB
    • Dr. Carlos Lopes - Executive Secretary of UNECA and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - Chairperson of the AU Commission

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