Speaker Series Panel Discussion on Remittances

June 5, 2014

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

TKP New York Conference Center
109 West 39th Street
New York, NY New York 10018


nairaThe Africa-America Institute’s next Speaker Series panel discussion will explore the role remittances can play in bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the African continent. The panel discussion entitled “Can Remittances from the African Diaspora Promote Economic Growth in Africa?” will be held on June 5 from 6:30-8:30pm in New York City. Door opens at 6:00pm.

Leading panelists from the private and public sectors will offer insight into how to maximize and sustain the economic development potential of remittances in Africa, and will grapple with whether Diaspora contributions can be harnessed for sustainable development.

The World Bank cited that Africans in the Diaspora pay more to send money to their home countries than other migrant groups worldwide. The panel discussion will weigh in on what African governments and private organizations can do to lower the cost of money transfers and reduce regulatory impediments to increase competition, as well as innovations in mobile money transfers.

Moderator:    Solome Lemma, Co-Founder and Director, Africans in the Diaspora


  • Linus Adaba,Group Remittance & Diaspora Manager, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated – ETI
  • Dr. Sonia Plaza, Senior Economist, Migration and Remittances Team, The World Bank
  • Dr. Rose Ngugi, Advisor, Office of the Executive Director, Africa Group, International Monetary Fund
  • Isseu Diouf Campbell, Photojournalist and Founder, Afrikanspot.com
  • Teddy Ruge, Chief Marketing Officer, Redcore Money Transfer and Founder of Remit.ug

Free and open to the public. RSVP is required. (To register, please click “Continue without logging in”, if you haven’t set up an account.) For more information, visit www.aaionline.org; email aainy@aaionline.org or call (212) 949-5666.

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