The two-day conference began with introductory remarks from the facilitator for the conference who welcomed all the participants to the conference. He hoped for fruitful discussions to enable countries present to move towards a better future in terms of poverty reduction.
This was followed by welcome remarks by the Resident Director of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the organizers of the conference. He gave a brief background to the series of conferences that his organization has held to find appropriate pro-active policies for economic development in Africa. He said that the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers drafted in African countries were important to guide governments in fostering development. He stated that the participants to the conference represented nine African countries: Angola, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. They had been brought together to discuss the future in terms of poverty reduction and best practices for economic development in Africa.