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                             INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN
          THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONFERENCE OF THE
           PAN-AFRICAN COMPETITIVENESS FORUM (PACF)
“Cluster Initiatives for African Economic Development and Sustainability”
                               1st – 3rd DECEMBER, 2009
                            ELMINA BEACH RESORT, GHANA

Introduction
The Pan-African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) as a new continental organization came into
existence in April 2008 in Addis Ababa with the support of the African Union (AU) and the
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in collaboration with The
Competitiveness Institute (TCI). The establishment of the PACF was in response to the concern to
see Africa develop in a sustainable manner and achieve the Millennium Development Goals within
the foreseeable future, and get integrated into the global economy. Africa should not merely be a
producer of raw materials but exporters of value added products and services. The PACF’s vision of
Africa’s integration and effective competition on the global stage is founded on innovation and
cluster-based initiatives bringing government, academia and entrepreneurs into a triple helix
partnership.

PACF is currently based in Dar es Salaam with Prof. Burton Mwamila, of the College of
Engineering and Technology of the University of Dar es Salaam as the Chair of the Executive
Board. Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Dean of the Faculty of Technology of Makerere University
is the Chairman of the Council of PACF. There are sub-regional representations and national
representations on the Executive Board and Council respectively.

Promoting innovation and profitable cluster activities is however a challenge which needs to be
addressed strategically. An important part of the strategy is to organize annual continental
conferences to bring together all the actors in the PACF’s mission to deliberate on issues
concerning cluster initiatives and innovation.

The Goal and Objectives
The First Continental Conference was dedicated to the birth of the PACF. This second conference is
generally aimed at setting the PACF onto the path of growth. The content of the three-day
Conference will be largely knowledge exchange, competence building and experience sharing. The
specific objectives are to:

      appraise progress made since the inauguration of the PACF in Addis Ababa in April 2008;
      create a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in enhancing
       competitiveness of enterprises;
      follow up on agreed strategies for impact in respective African countries.




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Conference Modalities
The Conference will involve plenary presentations by leading experts on competitiveness and
cluster initiatives. Members from the various national teams will present papers accepted through a
screening mechanism. There will be group discussions and a general meeting of the PACF.

Host Country
Ghana is one of the best known African countries. Formed from the merger of the British colony of
the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African
country to gain independence. The famous pan-Africanist, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, became its first
head of state. The lingua-franca is English and it is used in all official business as well as at the
levels of education. Below is a map of Ghana in the context of its West African location:




For more information about the host country, please follow the links below

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana

http://www.ghana.gov.gh/

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/




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Today, Ghana is in the spotlight of the world’s political stage for the exemplary democratic
practice. The US President Barrack Obama underscored the democratic credentials by choosing
Ghana’s Parliament to make his first major policy statement on Africa.

Ghana is also enjoying the interest of international investors because of the recent discovery of oil
in commercial quantities. Already, there is a flurry of activities to enable the country export oil
within the next two years. Its traditional exports of gold, diamond and cocoa will however remain
important export commodities.

Venue
The Second PACF Conference will be held in one of the leading locations of tourist attraction on
the West Coast of Africa. The Elmina Beach Hotel is one of the Golden Beach chains of hotels.




The Elmina Beach Hotel - For more information on the venue follow this link:

http://www.southtravels.com/africa/ghana/elminabeachresort/

Side Attractions
The Conference is a time for serious business in the progressive efforts to enhance competitiveness
of enterprises on the continent. However, one cannot come to Ghana and not do a tour of the
famous places of interest. In July 2009, President Barrack Obama visited Ghana for serious
business. Yet he could not go back to the US without visiting the Cape Coast castle. The
Conference participants will also find time to visit three key tourist attractions.




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Cape Coast Castle - Cape Coast Castle is a fortification in Ghana. The first timber construction on
the site was erected in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company and named Carolusborg after King
Charles X of Sweden. It was later rebuilt in stone.

In April 1663 the whole Swedish Gold Coast was seized by the Danes, and integrated in the Danish
Gold Coast. In 1664 the Castle was conquered by the British and was extensively rebuilt by the
Committee of Merchants (whose Governors administered the entire British colony) in the late 18th
century. In 1844, it became the seat of the colonial Government of the British Gold Coast.

The Castle was built for the trade in timber and gold, later it was used in the trans-Atlantic slave
trade.[1] The Castle, or Castle and Dungeon, to give it its official name, was first restored in the
1920s by the British Public Works Department. In 1957, when Ghana became independent, it
passed under the care of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB). In the early 1990s
the building was restored by the Ghanaian Government, with funds from the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), United States Aid for International Development [USAID],
with technical assistance from the Smithsonian Institution and other NGOs.




                                                                                               The
   Cape Coast Castle where President Obama visited with his family


   Elmina Castle - The 15th century Elmina (St. George's) Castle was the first European structure
   south of the Sahara. It later became a prominent slave trading post.




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   An artist’s impression of the Elmina Castle

Kakum National Park – This is one of the important national parks in Ghana; it is in the southern
part of Ghana, in what is known as the Central Region. The Park was first established in 1990 from
an area of 350 square kilometers to the north of Cape Coast and Elmina near the small town of
Abrafo. The entire area is covered with tropical rainforest.

In the park gamekeepers were specially trained to make accessible to the visiting tourists some
important tropical plants on the grounds and their relevant medicinal significance. Besides the plant
world, which partly also comprises rare species, the Kakum National Park presents rare animals,
including the very rare and endangered Mona-meerkat, as well as pygmy elephants, forest buffalo,
civet cats and a highly developed bird world.

Kakum National Park also has a round tour over a hanging bridge in the forest canopy level. From
the so-called Canopy Walkway, at up to 40 m (130 ft) height, the visitor can approach the plants
and animals in their living space which would otherwise be inaccessible for people. The Canopy
Walkway passes over 7 bridges and runs over a length of 330 m (1,100 ft).




Kakum     National   Park    –    For    more    information         follow    the    links   below
http://www.touringghana.com/ecotourism/kakum.asp



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Conference Dates
The Conference is billed to open on Tuesday 1st December 2009. It will close on Thursday 3rd
December 2009. Participants may begin arriving a few days before the opening day and may leave
thereafter.

Cost of Participation and Sponsorship
This is a very important Conference for Africa’s competitiveness in the midst of the global
economic crisis. We expect many people from the triple helix institutions – government, academia
and private sector – to participate. The total cost is as follows for early registration by 30th
September 2009:
   - Conference special rate (covering single occupant accommodation, breakfast, lunch and
       snacks during the conference) @ $100 per day for 4 days - $400
   - Registration fee -                                                         - $400
   - Total Cost -                                                               - $800

Whilst the cost of return air ticket cannot be included here because it depends on where the
prospective participant is domiciled, an air ticket of $1,200 will bring the total costs to $3,000.

The hotel accommodation includes breakfast, buffet lunch and snacks. Payment of the total fee of
$800 may be done by bank transfer or any appropriate means into the conference account by 16 th
October 2009. The bank account’s details are:

Bank name:            Ecobank
Account Name:         Science and Tech. Policy Res. Inst.
Account Number:       0011094426095601
Swift Code:           ECOCGHAC

There will be limited sponsorship for few members to come from about 20 African countries.
However, we encourage as many people to sponsor their participation in order to make it possible to
sponsor truly needy participants.

Registration
It is important that all those attending the conference (whether presenting papers or not) register
with the conference organizers. To do this, one has to send to the conference organizers by fax or
email, the following information:

Surname:……………………………………………………………………………………
Other names………………………………………………………………………………..
Title (Prof., Dr., Mr., Mrs, etc)…….……………………………………………………….
Organisation………………………..……………………………………………………….
Position/ Occupation…………….………………………………………………………….
Full       Address        including   telephone, fax, email………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………….………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Proposed date of arrival……………………………………………………………………….……



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Proposed date of departure……………………………………………………………….………..

Please send the information to the address below and further enquiries are welcome:

The PACF Ghana Chapter Secretariat
Science and Technology Policy Research Institute
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-STEPRI)
P. O. Box CT519 Cantonments Accra
Telephone: 233-21-773856/779401
Fax: 233-21-773068
Cell Phone: +233-24-4626997
Email: director@stepri.csir.org.gh
       mskamil@stepri.csir.org.gh




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