GEI to Launch New Report on the Canary Islands

As part of the activities lined up for GEI’s 2018 Annual Economic Summit, a Special Economic Report focused on existing economic complementarities and opportunities for increased trade, investment and innovation between both jurisdictions will be launched. This is in furtherance of the Institute’s work around four thematic areas: Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Innovation and Development (TFID). More information on the Report is available here.

GEI and the Government of the Canary Islands Establish Framework for Internationalization

Senior executives of the Global Economic Institute and the Government of the Canary Islands have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic framework for deepening trade, investment, innovation and development between the Canary Islands and Africa, through the Annual Economic Summit to be held from November 12-15, in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. The President of the Global Economic Institute, Dr. Fred Olayele, signed the MoU on behalf of the Institute, while the Chief Executive Officer of Proexca and Director General of African Affairs, Pablo Martín Carbajal, signed on behalf of the Government of the Canary Islands.

News Release: https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/3388972/0/canarias-acogera-cumbre-economica-anual-global-economic-institute-canada/

Canary Islands will Host 2018 Annual Economic Summit

Senior executives of the Global Economic Institute and the Government of the Canary Islands have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic framework for deepening trade, investment, innovation and development between the Canary Islands and Africa, through the Annual Economic Summit to be held from November 12-15, in Las Palmas, Canary Islands

News Release: http://www.europapress.es/islas-canarias/noticia-canarias-acogera-cumbre-economica-anual-global-economic-institute-canada-20180707125752.html

GEI Signs MoU with the Government of the Canary Islands

Washington DC, United States: On June 27, 2018 at the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C., United States, senior officials of the Global Economic Institute and the Government of the Canary Islands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a strategic framework for the Annual Economic Summit to be held from November 12-15, in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

The President of the Global Economic Institute, Dr. Fred Olayele, signed the MoU on behalf of the Institute, while the Chief Executive Officer of Proexca and Director General of African Affairs, Pablo Martín Carbajal, signed on behalf of the Government of the Canary Islands.

Held every year, outside Canada, and focused on Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Innovation and Development, the Annual Summit brings together stakeholders from around the world to explore various issues, with emphasis on solutions. In addition to providing a platform to examine issues related to the triple helix of industry–academia-government interactions, the Summit offers great networking opportunities, strategic business meetings, site visits, and other sightseeing opportunities. Details are available here: www.tfidsummit.com.

The 2017 Summit was held in Lagos, Nigeria. The 2019 host will be announced on the last day of the 2018 event this November in Las Palmas.

Proexca is a government-owned corporation with the main objective of advancing the internationalization agenda of Canarian companies, and the attraction of strategic investments into the islands.

Links to News Releases:

http://www.europapress.es/islas-canarias/noticia-canarias-acogera-cumbre-economica-anual-global-economic-institute-canada-20180707125752.html

https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/3388972/0/canarias-acogera-cumbre-economica-anual-global-economic-institute-canada/

http://eldia.es/canarias/2018-07-07/3-Global-Economic-Institute-Canada-elige-Canarias-cumbre-anual.htm

https://www.laopinion.es/canarias/2018/07/08/canarias-trae-cumbre-economica-anual/891970.html

Peter E. Gunther: Senior Economic Advisor

Peter E. Gunther is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at the University of Connecticut School of Business, and member of the Seminar on Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan. His work at the University of Connecticut involves applications of several innovative technologies to help improve the quality of life on a wide range of initiatives.

Following his appointment to the Pepin-Robarts Commission on Canadian Unity as Chief of Canadian Constitutional Issues from 1979 to 1981, Peter Gunther was appointed by the International Government on African Development as the Resource Person to The Wealth Sharing Table of the Sudanese Peace Negotiations circa 2006 until the signing of the Peace Agreement. That experience generated insights on many international development issues. In addition to that, Mr. Gunther also worked on other issues with the Carter Institute in Atlanta, Alberta Energy, Foreign Affairs Canada, Secretary of State in the United States and, via literature, the Norwegians.

Mr. Gunther is President of Smith Gunther Associates, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Arts in Economics.

Dr. Alison Gillwald: Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

Dr. Alison Gillwald is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA) an African digital policy and regulatory think-tank that works across 20 African countries. As adjunct- professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Development, Policy and Practice she supervises doctoral students undertaking transdisciplinary research in digital governance, policy and regulation. A former regulator she was appointed to the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) in 1997, having headed the policy department at the first broadcasting regulator, the Independent Broadcasting Authority established in 1994. She was appointed chairperson of the South African National Digital Migration Advisory Body in 2001; the board of the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation in 2004; and as deputy-chairperson of the National Broadband Advisory Council 2014.She also served on the first ITU Gender Task Force in 1999 and to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation 2013. She has provided technical assistance to African policy makers, regulators through RIA and multilateral agencies such as the International Telecommunications Union, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, the World Bank and the African Development Bank. She has provided expert assistance to the South African Presidency, the Competition Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and undertaken capacity building across Africa and in Asia and Latin America. See www.researchICTafrica.net for publications.

Dorothy Gordon: Director-General, Advanced Information Technology Institute, Ghana

Dorothy K. Gordon is a specialist in technology for development. She has over two decades of leadership in diverse projects and programmes to support Africa’s move from technology consumption to creating technology designed to meet the continents needs. She provides consulting and advisory services to government, private sector, and civil society. The focus of her work from capacity development; digital inclusion projects; innovation (including support to technology start-ups, digital content creation, copyright and intellectual property); gender and IT, and cyber-security. Her work as a specialist in international development spans over 30 years with increasing leadership and management responsibilities. Her extensive experience within the United Nations is complemented by work in the private sector and with civil society organisations globally. She served as the founding Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT from 2003-2016 and currently serves as an Associate Fellow with Chatham House.  She is actively involved at Board and advisory level in a number of global organisations working on defining our digital future. These include the World Summit Awards, Creative Commons,   Global Commission on Internet Governance etc. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cyber Policy as well as the International Journal of Gender Science and Technology. The present direction of her work relates to how best ICT can be ‘owned’ by developing countries. Capacity-building must set a sound foundation for innovation and cutting-edge research both to improve overall competitiveness as well as identify solutions for survival. She holds degrees from the University of Ghana and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex, UK.

Davie Lee: Co-founder, Townfolio

Davie is a data geek, python programmer, and tech entrepreneur. He currently runs a Govtech startup called Townfolio, a budget friendly community profile platform. Prior to that, he used to work as a Consultant for Enterprise Ireland, helping Irish businesses expand into the Canadian market, while also helping attract Canadian investment into Ireland. He holds degrees in engineering and economics. On his spare time, he enjoys cooking and playing video games.

Aarti Shah: Director, The Cobalt Partners

Aarti is currently responsible for The Cobalt Partners’ advisory business in several countries in Africa, engaging with clients on their strategies, workflows and technology. Throughout her career, Aarti has focused on helping clients define the problems they want to solve, particularly where disparate stakeholders are involved or earlier attempts have failed, and on bringing about  holistic, sustainable solution that encompasses people, processes and technology. She speaks on twenty-first century themes impacting governments and businesses. Aarti was Thomson Reuters Head of Government Relations for Africa from May 2013 to June 2016. She was responsible for the firm’s engagement with the public sector across the region, supporting its priorities in the areas of attracting investment, enabling trade, developing the financial sector, managing natural resources and public finances (reducing illicit financial flows, managing debt, increasing revenues), strengthening the rule of law and driving innovation. Prior to this, Aarti led the developed markets business for Thomson Reuters Global Growth Organisation, enabling the financial and professional services in industrialised economies to make investment, trading and advisory decisions on rapidly professionalising ones, and vice versa. She also hosted government and private sector delegations from China, Brazil, India and other growth markets in New York, London and continental Europe. From 2006 to 2011, Aarti managed Thomson Reuters strategic accounts business in South Asia, at a time when many global financial institutions were offshoring and/or outsourcing research, banking, valuations and other functions to India, and increasing their domestic presence in the region. Earlier, Aarti was global business development manager for one of Reuters largest Dutch-based clients, based in Amsterdam. Aarti was previously based in Nairobi as Reuters marketing manager for sub-Saharan Africa, and has held various business development and project management roles in London. She joined Reuters in 1992 with a degree in French and Computer Science from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.