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Morocco Endeavors to Develop Think Tanks as Integral Component in Promoting Sustainable Development in Africa (Nigeria's Former Pres.)

Rabat   -  
Morocco pays particular attention to the development of Think Tanks as an integral component in promoting sustainable development and establishing peace solutions on the African continent, said, Wednesday in Rabat, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Morocco is a "fertile ground" for debating on various development issues related to the African continent, given its leading role in regulating African migration, restoring peace and security, as well as in the long-term socio-economic development of African countries, Obasanjo said at the opening of the second African Think Tanks Summit, held on May 9-10 by the OCP Policy Center in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania.

After recalling the role of Think Tanks as thinking groups that bring together many experts whose main activity is to make studies, proposals and strategies "for the long-term impact on various topics," the former President of Nigeria highlighted the "effective role" of these forums as actors of "track two diplomacy" and an essential instrument for promoting regional integration.

He also pointed out that Think Tanks, which are vehicles for economic growth and people’s well-being, have contributed to a positive transformation of nations, since the fact that these institutes are not merely research structures but actors of civil society and government partners in the implementation of public policies.

"Building the foundations of Africa's development cannot be achieved without the contribution of think tanks as a thinking group capable of accelerating growth by offering a range of benefits related to better political cooperation for Africa", Obasanjo added, noting that regional integration in Africa is one of the best national options for consolidating democracy.

Participants in the Summit will discuss several questions, notably the role Think Tanks play in their own societies, how they contribute to a better understanding of the issues that affect Africa and to the construction of an inclusive public dialogue capable of effectively feeding public policies, and what directions can these think tanks take to improve their influence and ensure their development.

Last modified : 10 May 2018

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