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SDGC/A Conference: Expediting the Implementation of Africa's 2030 Agenda
27 January 2017 - Kigali, Rwanda

From Left: Professor Vijay Modi, Director, Sustainable Engineering Lab, Columbia University; Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary-General, Comesa, Mr. Hamadoun Toure, Founding Executive Director, Smart Africa; Honorable Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning for Rwanda, Her Excellency Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations; His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Mr. Aliko Dangote, Owner, Dangote Group; Dr. Belay Begashaw, Director-General, SDGC/A, Honorable Aurélien Agbénonci, Minister of Foreign Affair for Benin, Mr. Admassu Yilma Tadesse, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trade and Development Bank of Eastern and Southern Africa; and Dr. Takao Toda, Vice President for Human Security & Global Health, JICA.

The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) held the first ever conference Expediting the Implementation of Africa’s 2030 Agenda that concluded in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 January anchored the unprecedented move of Africa to chart its own path on global issues, through establishing its own capacity towards accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda across Africa.

“We’re at a unique time in history where Africa is starting to be recognized as a real force after a period of impressive growth and accomplishments, congratulations to our visionary leaders. This African collaboration was exactly the reason for opening the SDGC/A as one of the homegrown solutions for Africa. If we are to meet the SDGs, we need to share stories about what works and what doesn’t, develop creative ways to finance projects that will aid in development, and combine our knowledge in order to multiply it. We have so much on this continent, and if we’re able to properly harness it I have no doubts that we will achieve our goals.” – The SDGC/A Director General, Dr. Belay Begashaw said during the opening plenary session of the conference.

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