Banking - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Thursday announced that it will host a two-day forum on Africa's indigenous peoples to 'ensure they benefit from economic growth as detailed in the bank’s long-term strategy,' according to an AfDB statement, received here by PANA.
According to the statement, the forum which runs from 11-12 February in Tunis, Tunisia, will set the tone for AfDB's 'future engagement' with Africa's indigenous people.
The AfDB Forum on Indigenous Peoples’ Development Issues in Africa is expected to bring together experts and other relevant stakeholders.
'The forum will provide an opportunity for indigenous peoples to engage with a wider audience and improve their participation in discussions with the bank to ensure they have a say regarding economic development issues,' the statement highlighted.
It was also noted that the forum would 'engender a healthy and open discussion' on ways of helping the participation of indigenous populations in development decision-making and 'securing the flow of benefits in an inclusive and sustainable manner into their communities.'
During the meeting, participants will discuss, share knowledge and experience on issues affecting indigenous people in Africa.
AfDB further pointed out that invitees from African countries would also delve on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Donald Kaberuka, the bank's president, and Aisha Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs at the African Union Commission, will be among the key figures who will make statements at the forum.