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East Asia-Africa Policy Dialogue

January 21, 2021



VIDEO Jan 21, 2021

While containment of the global Covid-19 pandemic remains an uppermost priority for countries around the world, policymakers are simultaneously pursuing ways to actively promote economic recovery and a transition to a new normal. In these efforts, Governments are exploring opportunities to strengthen intra-regional and interregional economic ties; and to share important lessons for achieving greater development progress.  Alongside these public sector efforts, multi-national companies, investors and private sector actors are equally interested in finding ways to rebound and recover from the worst global recession in over seventy years.

The idea of the proposed East Asia - Africa Policy Dialogue is to provide an effective platform for policymakers, private sector representatives and development stakeholders to share experiences, perspectives, ideas and lessons on how to enhance economic ties within and between regions; and how to increase the pace of economic recovery and development progress in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic.  This initiative is well-aligned with the mandate of the World Bank Group Hub in Malaysia which includes the promotion of South-South knowledge-sharing and peer-learning activities.

  • Time (KL Time)


    20:00 – 20:10

    Welcome Remarks

    • Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, Regional Vice-President, East Asia Pacific, World Bank
    • Mr. Ousmane Diagana, Regional Vice-President, Central and West Africa , World Bank
    • Mr. Hafez Ghanem, Regional Vice-President, Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank


    20:10 – 21:15

    Panel Discussion 1: Public Sector Perspectives on East Asia – Africa Collaboration

    • Hon. Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
    • Hon. Ramon Lopez (TBC), Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines
    • Hon. Patrick Achi, Secretary General of the Presidency, Cote d’Ivoire
    • Hon. Arkebe Oqubay, Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

    Moderator: Mr. Ndiamé Diop, Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, East Asia Pacific, World Bank


    21:15 – 22:05

    Panel Discussion 2: Private Sector Perspectives on East Asia – Africa Collaboration

    • Mr. Muhammad Nurazli bin Razali, Head, Sime Darby Oils (Philippines), Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
    • Mr. Didier Acouetey, Co-founder of Africa-South East Asia Chamber of commerce
    • Ms. Zouera Youssoufou, Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Foundation
    • Mr. Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist, Africa Region, World Bank

    Moderator: Aaditya Mattoo, Chief Economist, East Asia Pacific Region, World Bank

    22:20 – 22:25

    Closing Remarks

    Mr. Hassan Zaman, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institution Regional Director, East Asia Pacific Region, World Bank


  • Time (Kuala Lumpur): 8:00 - 10:25pm
  • Time (Washington DC): 7:00 - 9:25am