The Eisenhower Fellowships Program (https://www.efworld.org) was started in 1953 in honor of Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States of America.
Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) exists to inspire leaders around the world to challenge themselves to think beyond their current scope, to engage others, including those outside of their current networks, and to leverage their own talents to better the world around them.
Wider engagement, heightened creativity & collaboration have widely been stated as the enablers to preparedness for inclusive global socioeconomic growth in this fast changing technology driven era.
This year's theme, The Future of Africa’s Global Integration, will unpack the opportunities, challenges & solutions that will foster the exchange of ideas, people, goods & services that will contribute to the new social compact between citizens and leaders for the public good.
President of the Republic of Rwanda
President of the Eisenhower Fellowships
Chief Executive Officer of Africa Finance Corporation
Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda
African Union Ambassador at the United Nations and EF Fellow, Nigeria
On the Board of Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships, Chairman & CEO Interactive Group of Companies
The Eisenhower Fellows, together with government representatives, business leaders, academics, scientists, journalists and the youth, will drive discussions & debate focused on:
Fostering new partnerships aimed at creating new programs & policies required to promote a just, peaceful and prosperous world that reverses rising inequality
New frameworks for national, regional, continental & global cooperation to drive inclusive economic growth...
The areas of focus will be:
The Future of Trade
The Future of Work
Technology & Innovation
Active participation of all delegates and action oriented dialogue will focus on leading all to a consensus on:
Innovative ways to reframe education systems & skills development to prepare youth for the Future of Work
Programs & partnerships aimed at closing the digital divide for a globally inclusive socioeconomic development agenda
How to foster Intra African trade in the context of Globalization 4.0...
Solutions for gaps in existing and upcoming policies that will accelerate free movement of ideas, people, goods & services
Guests are requested to be seated by 9.15
The Future of Africa’s Global Integration: A short film from EF Africa Fellows
Welcome remarks from EF Africa Fellow
Opening remarks from Eisenhower Fellows President
Keynote speech from the Guest of Honour
What should globalization & opportunities for the next generation look like 20 years from now?
Increasingly, countries the world over recognize that knowledge-based innovation is a major driver of competitiveness. That requires a powerful knowledge base, often centered on technology and innovation, as an important precondition for building and developing a genuine innovation economy.
What can Africa do to achieve a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace?
What shall it take to grow and mature innovation ecosystems in Africa?
Relevant education and skills are the foundation for the economy of the future. 21st century skills and competencies are emerging as more and more important for innovation, growth and participation in the future economy. The challenge for leaders both from the private and public sector across the globe is to create an environment to nurture these skills and to ensure supply and demand for appropriate skills and competencies are matched. This session will explore and unpack the following:
What are the major trends in technology that will continue to shape the way we work and learn?
How do we ensure that these emerging trends create opportunity for all our citizens and not just a few?
How do we prepare for these changes, and what unintended circumstances can we circumvent, avoid, or mitigate?
Do we need new approaches to training and learning and/or new ways of certifying skills and knowledge to create technologically resilient life-long employment opportunities?
The digital divide is a new form of socioeconomic inequality. Today, more than 50% of the global population still doesn’t have access to internet. The digital divide has created a new distinction basis in the society that has critically in uenced daily operations and livelihood of persons globally. Effects of the digital divide are immensely felt in the following areas: education, job opportunities, communication, politics, consumer satisfaction, health information, community Involvement, government, and emergency information. The ever-widening gap in the digital divide has signi cantly undermined industrialization in the developing world; creating a notion of dependency and insuf ciency. This session will explore and unpack the following:
What are the factors for the digital divide, and what speci c initiatives regionally are being taken to narrow this gap?
Is there a contextual process in bridging the digital divide for countries that lag behind, re ecting the complex landscape that is the global digital economy?
How can we ensure that innovation and governance nd new ways of collaboration to bridge the digital divide for socio-economic development in emerging economies?
Globalisation 4.0 could very well be the stepping-stone to a truly connected digital world where the physical and digital boundaries blur to deliver connected experience to all. The development of advanced technologies like arti cial intelligence, big data, nanotechnology, the Internet Of Things, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles all have the potential to signi cantly impact global productivity. Globalization 4.0 calls for swift action from all lead- ers, mentors and governments to step forward and design an inclusive approach. Stakeholders should collaborate and not just cooperate to improve the state of the world, but to make the economy more resilient and achieve long-term sustainable growth. This session will focus on the following:
Global trade, particularly intra-African trade and travel,
The digital economy and building an inclusive future,
The African youth bulge.
The democratization of African states has ushered in a renewed attention to the role that governments and private sector should play in enhancing governance at the national and institutional levels. The globally recognised principles of good governance include political will to ensure democracy, rule of law and expedient justice, and transparency and accountability. These principles not only ensure national, regional and pan-African development and integration, but also provide the enabling environment for investment-driven industrialisation. This session will address the following:
Role of Africa leaders in today’s global economy
Rule of law and ease of doing business in Africa
Effective governance frameworks to deliver the Africa we want
Role of citizens and private sector
Your commitment, Your role
Recap session on outcomes & actions required to sustain momentum of conference discussions & dialogues
Future of Work
Track One: Cultural Tour
Track Two: Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum
The third day of the conference gives all delegates an opportunity to discover Rwanda.
Options within Kigali
Special economic free zone
Kigali City Tour
Genocide Memorial Museum
Campaign Against Genocide Museum Tour
Peace Marathon participation
Options outside Kigali
Canopy walk at Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Visit to the caves
Visit to the tea plantations
Day visit to the golden monkeys
Akagera National Park
Each delegate can participate in one of more of these activities.
Note: Gorilla trekking should be booked 3 months in advance through Rwanda Development Board.