Deputy Speaker of the 54th Legislature, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa

Deputy Speaker Koffa  to Speak on Africa’s Future in London, will provide perspective on Global, Continental Challenges

Deputy Speaker of the 54th Legislature, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa

The Deputy Speaker of the 54th Legislature, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, has been selected to speak at the 8th Edition of the Africa Summit with an anticipation to provide his perspectives on critical global and continental issues and as well proffer meaningful solutions to address those pressing problems.

The Africa Summit 2023, which takes place in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 11, is organized by the African Leadership Magazine (ALM).

The summit will feature a series of conversations on the future of African trade, as well as showcase Africa’s business and investment opportunities to the rest of the world.

It brings together policymakers, private sector leaders, civil society leaders, thought leaders and all stakeholders in Europe, the US, and Africa to discuss issues that would prepare the private sector leaders for a more integrated and competitive African trade environment.

An  international lawyer (Counselor) with over 24 years of experience, the Deputy Speaker will speak on the future of African trade, as well as showcase Africa’s business and investment opportunities, under the theme: “New Opportunities for African Investments, partnerships, and opportunities.”

ALM sees the summit expedient as the wave of rivalries and strategic shifts between major economies and their allies have become intense, and as such, Africa now has a better opportunity to rack up more beneficial diplomatic and economic cooperation and partnerships.

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the power struggle between the US, Europe, China and Russia particularly and increasingly, and at intensifying pace, involves the expansion of influence in economic and diplomatic ties with Africa. Experts and pundits have therefore opined that a realignment of Africa’s trade and investment partnership strategies is necessary to raise the geostrategic profile of the continent to advance the region’s broad-based economic interest, globally.

As one of the most outstanding events for the African Diaspora, the summit is expected to bring together over 700 policymakers, private sector leaders, civil society leaders, thought leaders, and all stakeholders in Europe, the US, and Africa to discuss issues that would prepare the private sector leaders for a more integrated and competitive African trade environment.

ALM uses the summit to leverage unique access to some of the world’s most influential leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs–uniting those global forces to harness their collective knowledge to address current critical issues by finding innovative solutions.

Other global leaders who will also grace the event as speakers are Baroness Sandy Verma, Member of UK House of Lords; Lord Dolar Popat, member UK House of Lords;  Hon. Johnny Ohisa Damian, Governor, Bank of South Sudan and Mrs Josielle Rafidy, CEO, Economic Development Board of Madagascar.

Others are Prof. Muhammed Bello Abubakar, Managing Director/CEO, Galaxy Backbone Limited, Nigeria; Hon. Dr Renganaden Padayachy, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Mauritius and  H.E. Rindra Hasimbelo, Rabarinirinarison, Minister for Economy & Finance, Madagascar.

Deputy Speaker  Koffa is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, where he obtained a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree in Law. His educational pursuit took him to Raleigh, North Carolina State University, where he obtained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Public Administration (Cum Laude) with concentration in Urban Planning, from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

 Cllr. Koffa was awarded  Best Oralist Moot Court, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, United Negro College Fund Meritorious Leadership Award, Shaw University Distinguished Leadership Award and the Valedictorian, Supreme Court Bar of the Republic of Liberia. Class of 2014.

Meanwhile, it may be recalled that on January 3, 2023, Deputy Speaker  was named among the ‘100 Most Reputable Africans’ of 2023.

A global reputation firm, Reputation Poll International (RPI), on Monday, released the list which features individuals from diverse sectors, including Governance/Leadership, Entertainment, Human rights/Advocacy, Education, and Business.

“Reputation Poll is a research-based, global performance-management consulting company,” a statement on the firm’s website reads. “Reputation Poll set to become a Global Brand in reputation ratings focused on creating and executing credible opinions on personalities, organizations and brands across multiple industries.”

Deputy Speaker  Koffa became the 36th and  one of three Liberians to be named including two Nobel Peace recipients; former Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Activist Leymah  Gbowee,  were recognised amongst others high  profile African

According to the company, the selection criteria are integrity, visibility, and impact.

The company added that the individuals recognised on Reputation Poll International’s are celebrated for their contributions to social impact and social entrepreneurship, helping to transform businesses in Africa and positively impacting lives without causing controversy.

Meanwhile, the highlights of the summit include Roundtable on African Leadership, Fireside chats with African CEOs, Private, Public Sector Leaders Roundtable, the 8th African Business Leadership Awards, 2023, African Good Governance Awards 2023, African Leadership Council (ALC) induction ceremony Invest in Africa Forum- Breakout Sessions.

“We leverage unique access to some of the world’s most influential leaders, policy-makers, and entrepreneurs, – uniting these global forces to harness their collective knowledge, address today’s critical issues and discover innovative solutions.”

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