Inspired speech on Africa’s future and the media’s role in developing the continent


During the 7th Edition of the African Media Leaders Forum, we were honored to have Dr Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as a keynote speaker in the opening session. Dr. Lopes specializes in development and strategic planning has more than 24 years of senior leadership experience at the United Nations that include serving as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.


In his speech to delegates, Dr Lopes outlined why, despite all the bad news about Africa, he still remains optimistic about the continent’s growth and future prospects. He urged the media to use quality data in telling the African story, and to remain resolute in delivering a public good through unbiased, in-depth journalism. Dr Lopes’ speech has greatly inspired the AMI team and will inform our work going forward, into the New Year. Read the entire text of his speech HERE.