Despite tremendous progress in recent years, African business still faces significant challenges, including the lack of infrastructure, particularly reliable power supplies, and lack of capital, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and farmers.

It is against this background that the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Benjamin Mkapa will convene the third African Leadership Forum (ALF) in Dar es Salaam on 28th and 29th July, 2016, under the theme “Enabling African Businesses to Transform the Continent”. Organised by UONGOZI Institute, the Forum will bring together political leaders including former Heads of State as well as leaders from government, business, civil society and academia. The event will feature a keynote address and public plenary followed by three closed panel sessions. For the first time, selected youth representatives will be invited invited to hold parallel sessions. A Statement from the Youth Forum will be delivered at the conclusion of the event.