The African Union (AU) has deployed an election observation mission (AUEOM) in Rwanda to observe the presidential election scheduled for the 4th of August this year.
Headed by Cassam Uteem, former President of Mauritius, the mission comprises of 40 observers drawn from various African countries and AU institutions, and it will remain in the country until the announcement of final results.
GLF Chairman FW de Klerk and GLF Member Lakhdar Brahimi attended the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul accompanied by CEO Robert Fulton. During the Congress they formed the panel for a discussion on ‘Diplomacy and Dispute Resolution in the Oil and Gas Industry’. During their 3 day visit to the Congress, they held meetings with BP, Total, Halliburton, Statoil, Valeura Energy and the Youth Committee of the World Petroleum Council.
It is with great sadness that I have been informed that my dear friend and colleague, Sir Ketumile Masire, passed away. From about 2004 he served as a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation under my Chairmanship. His contributions to the activities of the Global Leadership Foundation have been of tremendous value to a number of governments, especially in Africa. Sir Ketumile was always prepared to serve when we called upon him and I have the highest appreciation for the positive and constructive role he played throughout his membership of the Global Leadership Foundation.
On a personal level we became good friends. His wisdom and his sense of humour was at difficult moments a great support to me and our other colleagues in the GLF.
On behalf of myself and the Foundation, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends and to all the people of the Republic of Botswana.
In June 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Mr Salamé has succeeded Martin Kobler of Germany.
In 2003 Mr Salame served as the Political Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions and was then appointed as Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012).
In June 2017 GLF Vice Chairman Joe Clark and GLF Projects Director met the UN Secretary- General, António Guterres in New York. On the same visit they met other senior UN officials to explore ways that GLF might work with the UN system.
In May 2017, GLF Projects Director Amitav Banerji participated in an International Forum in Rome convened by the Italian Presidency of the G-7, prior to the G-7 summit in Taormina, to put together proposals on Globalisation, Inclusion and Sustainability.
GLF Annual Meeting 2017 was held in Malta 30 March – 2 April 2017. A total of 147 people attended, including 22 GLF Members and 56 individuals representing 33 Members of the International Council. Twelve partner organisations with whom GLF is working also participated.
The Boards of GLF and GLF (USA) met over the weekend as did the GLF Strategy and Development Committee. GLF Members also had two formal meetings, at the start and at the end of the programme. The programme was structured around seven Plenary Discussions. The Regional Discussions covered The Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. In each case the open discussion was followed by a Caucus meeting for Members to define what GLF activity might be undertaken in each region. The remaining three Plenary Discussions addressed "The Shifting Sands of Global Economic Power"; "Managing Diversity and Combatting Extremism" and "Europe in Turmoil, America in Transition: a World of Uncertainty".
Having led Rwanda’s post-war economic reconstruction, Donald Kaberuka then served two terms as President of the African Development Bank. During a time of great historic change in Africa he led the AfDB on a series of reforms to successfully positioned the bank as a leading institution in Africa.
As President of the AfDB, Mr. Kaberuka pushed the bank to approve a ten year strategy focused encouraging private sector activity to absorb the 15 million young people that join the work force every year in Africa and programs that address the nexus of food, water and energy. To achieve these goals, the AfDB focused its strategy on Infrastructure Development, Regional Integration, Policy to Support and Enable Private Enterprise, Improved Governance and Skills and Technology Acquisition, and increased AfDB total public sector operations from $3.02 billion in 2005 to $5.14 billion in 2013 and private sector support from $257.4 million in 2005 to $1.62 billion in 2013. Mr.Kaberuka also launched a new fund called Africa50, which has a $10 billion capital target to mobilize private finance for African infrastructure projects.