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The 2017 Mo Ibrahim foundation Governance expected 8th and 10th April 0300GMT

Political and Thought Leadership, Music and Football 7th – 9th April 2017

Downloadable video clips and Video News Releases available free-to-air for African and international broadcasters.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will hold its flagship, high-level Annual Governance Weekend from

7-9 April in Marrakech, Morocco under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King

Mohammed VI. The focus of the weekend will be the Governance Celebration on Friday, 7 April, the Ibrahim Forum on Saturday, 8 April, and a football match between TP Mazembe of DRC and Kawkab Marrackech and a concert with artists Youssou NDour, Angelique Kidjo, Hoba Hoba Spririt, Hindi Zahra and Van.

The Weekend will bring together a powerful coalition of organizations and individuals – from Africa and around the world – for an informed and frank dialogue that aims to strengthen governance and leadership in Africa. This year’s event coincides with the Foundation’s celebration of 10 years of putting governance at the centre of Africa’s development discourse. The gathering will build on insights from the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance: A Decade of African Governance and look at the next decade to set out a path forward for the continent. Progressive leaders across politics, business, media and civil society from all over the continent will gather to discuss the challenges of leadership and governance in Africa in the 21st century, and will address the opportunities of the next decade for the African continent.

This year’s Forum topic is “Africa at a Tipping Point.”

The planned schedule of activities includes:

· Friday, 7 April

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Ceremony including speeches by Mo Ibrahim, former German President Horst Koehler and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, with music from Hugh Masekela, Youssou NDour, Angelique Kidjo and Hindi Zahra (18:00 – 20:00 GMT)

· Saturday, 8 April

Ibrahim Forum (08:00-17:00 GMT)

During the Forum, participants will be able to interact with Mo Ibrahim and other speakers by submitting questions through the live webcast platform.

The event live webcasts will be available at:mo.ibrahim.foundation/annual-event

Sunday, 9 April

Football match between the Kawkab Marrakech and TP Mazembe (15:00 GMT)

Music concert featuring Youssou NDour, Angelique Kidjo, Hoba Hoba Spririt, Hindi Zahra and Van. (18:00 GMT)

The football and concert live webcasts will be available at: mifmaroc.org

Friday, 7 April 2017, 1930-2100 GMT

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Ceremony – Palmeraie Conference Centre, Marrakech

The Foundation will provide a live webcast, see details below

A Video New Release of highlights will be distributed on the Reuters Television World News Express Service and Bloomberg Source as well, available Saturday, 8 April from 0300 GMT.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Ibrahim Forum: “Africa at a Tipping Point” – Palmeraie Conference Centre, Marrakech

Africa finds itself at a pivotal moment in its history. The latest Ibrahim Index of African

Governance, reviewing governance trends over the last ten years, revealed a mixed picture of a continent with real potential to spread and accelerate progress, but held back by security and rule of law threats. Most importantly, Africa could enjoy a remarkable ‘demographic dividend’ as the continent’s young population becomes an overwhelming majority. But the danger is that a majority of young people feel devoid of economic prospects and deprived of any political say in their own continent’s future. This dislocation poses a threat not only to economic prosperity, but also to democracy, stability and security. How the continent manages this tipping point will be the focus of the 2017 Ibrahim Forum.

Available on live webcast, and edited broadcast-quality highlights by digital download.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Football match between the Kawkab Marrakech and TP Mazembe (15:00 GMT)

Concert (18:00 GMT)

Live webcast and edited broadcast-quality highlights by digital download.

***Please alert your Sports departments about this match.***

A Video New Release of Saturday and Sunday highlights will be distributed on the Reuters Television World News Express Service as well, available 0300 GMT 10 April 2017

What live webcast details?

Contacts:

Sophie Masipa

masipa.s@moibrahimfoundation.org

Tel: 44-20-7535-5067, 44-79-7551-4000

Tel: Morocco: 212-6-5313-3371

Daniel Rivkin

daniel@rivkinmedia.com

1-917-817-6323

Morocco: 212-6-5313-3457

Media releases, photographs and other detailed resources will be available for all media.

You will be able to watch the Broadcast live on the Foundation’s website.

You can follow the Foundation on Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Suggested hashtags to comment #MIFmaroc

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Notes to Editors

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

• Ibrahim Index of African Governance

• Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

• Ibrahim Forum

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde), The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Further contacts:

For more information, please contact: Or visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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