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Our Common Interest: supporting Africa's resurgence (the Commission for Africa report)

Date: Monday 9 May 2005
Time: 3pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

The Commission for Africa, established by the British government in February 2004 to generate new ideas and action for a strong and prosperous Africa, produced its report in March 2005. 2005 will see the coincidence of the United Kingdom's chairmanship of both the G8 and, in the second half of the year, the European Union, with Africa high on both agendas.

Nicholas Stern and Tidjane Thiam from the Commission will give a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on the report's recommendations on Monday 9 May.

Nicholas Stern is director of policy at the Commission for Africa, second permanent secretary at HM Treasury, and head of the Government Economic Service.

Tidjane Thiam is a commissioner on the Commssion for Africa. Since November 2002, Tidjane has been group strategy and development director, Aviva plc. Aviva is the seventh largest insurance company in the world and is the largest British insurance company. Tidjane is the co-chair with Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico, of an international task force on Global Public Goods. The task force is financed by France, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom. It will give its conclusions in 2005.

Howard Davies, director of LSE, will chair this event, which is free and open to all, but ticketed.


  • Members of the press: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060, email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk 

3 May 2005