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We are increasingly connected

The Brazil Africa Forum breaks down barriers at each edition. In 2020, faced with the biggest humanitarian crisis in recent times, the event was held in an innovative virtual format, connecting - even miles away - the main Brazilian, African and third region leaders and stakeholders.

BAF 2021 is focused on natural resources, severely affected by the pandemic and at risk of irreversible disruption if there are no concrete actions to stop exploration and invest in recovery. The event will show once again that, even though only connected virtually, it is possible to strengthen dialogues, create opportunities, encourage investments and contribute to overcoming this unprecedented crisis.

SPEAKERS


  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

    Former President of the Federative Republic of Brazil

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  • John A. Kufuor

    Former President of the Republic of Ghana

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  • Benedict Oramah

    President of Afreximbank

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  • José Ramos-Horta

    1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

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  • Donald Kaberuka

    Chairman of the Global Fund, African Union Special Envoy for Africa and Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge Group

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  • Maria Helena Semedo

    Deputy Director-General of FAO

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  • Agnès Kalibata

    Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

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  • Ani Dasgupta

    President and CEO of the World Resources Institute (WRI)

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  • Roberto Rodrigues

    Former Chairman of the International Alliance of Cooperatives – ICA and Brazilian Cooperatives Organization – OCB

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  • Serge Ekué

    President of the West African Development Bank (BOAD)

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  • Lionel Zinsou

    Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge

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  • Hailemariam Dessalegn

    Former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the AGRA Board of Directors

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  • José Graziano da Silva

    Former-Director General of FAQ

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  • Carlos Lopes

    Professor of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance of the University of Cape Town

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  • Rama Yade

    Director of the Atlantic Council Africa Center

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  • Victor Borges

    Former Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of Cape Verde

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  • Sérgio Gusmão Suchodolski

    Presidente da ABDE e do BDMG

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  • Otaviano Canuto

    Former Vice President and Executive Director at the World Bank

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  • Fernando Jorge Cardoso

    Co-founder and Executive Director of the Club of Lisbon

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  • Natália Dias

    CEO of Standard Bank Brazil

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  • Frannie Léautier

    Senior Partner and CEO of SouthBridge Investments

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  • Yemi Akinbamijo

    Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

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  • Antônio Carlos de Almeida Castro (Kakay)

    Criminal Lawyer

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  • Fayçal Benameur

    Senior Vice President of OCP for East Africa

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  • Leisa de Souza

    Head of Latam at Climate Bonds Initiative

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  • Helder da Costa

    Secretary-General of g7+

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  • Paulo Gomes

    Co-Founder of the New African Capital Partners

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  • Ibrahima Cheikh Diong

    United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Director General of the African Risk Capacity Group

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  • Stephen Yeboah

    Founder and CEO of Commodity Monitor

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  • Jennifer Blanke

    Non-Executive Director at African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Ltd

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  • Patrick Dlamini

    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

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  • Grazielle Parenti

    Global VP for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at BRF

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  • Henrique Pissaia

    General Coordinator of Strategic Alliances at FONPLATA Development Bank

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  • Fadel Ndiame

    Deputy President of AGRA

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  • Izael da Silva

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at Strathmore University

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  • Claus Reiner

    IFAD Country Director for Brazil

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  • Morgan Doyle

    IADB Representative in Brazil

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  • Serge Kamuhinda

    CEO of Volkswagen Rwanda

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  • Angelique Pouponneau

    CEO of the Seychelles Conservation and Adaptation Trust

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  • Ligia Dutra

    Director of the International Relations Office at CNA

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  • Alexandre Morais do Amaral

    International Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director at EMBRAPA

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  • Ivan Oliveira

    Director of International Studies at IPEA

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  • José Carlos da Fonseca Júnior

    : Executive Director of the Brazilian Tree Industry

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  • Andrew Alli

    CEO & Partner of Southbridge Group

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  • Olavio Takenaka

    President of OCP Fertilizantes - Brazil

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  • Bruno Peixinho

    Senior Program Coordinator at ANDE Brazil

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  • Constantino Júnior

    Coordinator of the Green Hydrogen Hub in the State of Ceará

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  • Marc Naidoo

    Partner in McGuireWoods’ London

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  • Omar Ben Yedder

    Managing Director of IC Publications

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  • Obi Emekekwue

    President and CEO of DelReeve Konsult Limited

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  • Paulo Beraldo

    Communications Consultant at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/UN)

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  • Andres Schipani

    East and Central Africa Bureau Chief of the Financial Times

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  • Waiganjo Njogore

    Head of Communications of the UN Committee on World Food Security

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  • Sonia Blota

    Journalist at Grupo Bandeirantes

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  • João Bosco Monte

    President of the Brazil Africa Institute

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WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Plenaries

  • Conversations

  • Interviews

  • Showcases

  • Roundtables

  • Webinars

  • Specialized inputs

  • Sideline chats

    THEMATIC AXIS

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    LAND

    Land is the foundation of our economies, and is especially abundant in Brazil and African countries. Mineral resources, for instance, are central to virtually every economic activity in these regions, amounting to gigantic shares of production and exports, but are commonly detached from local welfare. Fossil fuels, mainly oil and coal, form a large part of national matrixes, while also providing stable revenue for exporting countries; nonetheless, they harm the environment and put pressure on sensitive conditions. How can we ensure that natural resources are explored, transformed and used to the benefit of national economies?

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    FORESTS

    Brazil and African countries are connected by their natural endowments in the form of immense and biodiverse tropical forests, with many resources that can serve the well-being of local societies. Land grabbing, unsustainable exploitation and irreversible damage to natural conditions put these endowments on check. There are, however, ways to conciliate the economically viable with the environmentally responsible, but this requires will and adaptation. How can we safeguard our biodiversity from harm, while creating conditions for economic growth?

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    WATER

    Immense oceanic coastal areas and some of the most important hydrographic basins, lakes and aquifers are in Brazil and in the African continent. Unfortunately, drinkable and usable water resources are becoming more scarce, thus also becoming the privilege of a few. Oceanside communities, at the same time, suffer with lack of support, poverty and insecurity, being usually marginalized from political processes and formal economies, resorting to unsustainable practices. Can we integrate water into our economies in a sustainable way, securing a safe supply to all?

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    ACTION

    There is no possibility of dissociation between environmental protection, social resilience and economic development. It is time to reinforce in Brazil, Africa and globally a call to action for joint forces, to make leaders, investors and civil society think of the concrete steps we need to take in order to reshape our understanding of how natural resources should be used. What should we do, and how should we act, to build a better world, one that will not destroy or deplete our natural resources in the years to come?


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