Following in the footsteps of Franklin Cudjoe, Executive Director of IMANI
in 2011, Bright Simons has also this year been bestowed with the Young
Global Leader award by the World Economic Forum.
Bright will, consequently, be participating in the upcoming summit of the
Young Global Leaders Summit next month, where we hope he will highlight
the issues of the accelerated economic integration across Africa, freer
trade, new models of infrastructure financing and deployment, greater
government transparency and accountability, and a renewed focus on the
opportunities offered by new technologies.
We once again note with pleasure that the Young Global Leaders community
of the World Economic Forum is one of the foremost and indeed most
appropriate platforms to raise and champion these critical issues. On
behalf of Bright Simons, we would like to express our gratitude to the
World Economic Forum for this high honour bestowed on our colleague.
On this occasion, as we celebrate Bright Simons, I can, on behalf of the
Board & Trustees and Fellows, re-dedicate IMANI to the course of open but
rigorous research and analysis in the public interest. Despite limited
resources, which is the bane of many public-minded organisations in
Africa, we shall continue to contribute our efforts to national and
continental development by working with our partners in civil society, the
media, the legislature, and other interest groups in Ghana, Africa, and
the world, in ensuring that only the best-reasoned and most rigorous
evidence is admitted in the policymaking process. We are fervent in our
belief that such evidence-grounded policymaking works best with active
public involvement, and our goal is to bridge the artificial gulf between
the lay public, on the one hand, and the government and technocratic
class, on the other.
IMANI is driven by the passion to see in Africa a continent free of
poverty and tyranny, a continent open to new ideas and new influences, and
a continent prospering rather than shackled by the globalisation of trade
and the liberalisation of the creative powers of the individual African
and her thriving community. IMANI shall prevail. Ghana shall prevail.
Africa shall prevail.
We congratulate and wish all the other honourees, especially Mr. Kimathi
Kuenyehia, Managing Partner of the renowned law firm, and Mr. Fred
Swaniker, Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning Africa Leadership
Academy, very well.
We thank all our friends for their support and encouragement in good and
hard times, and look forward to their continued goodwill.
Chairman, Board of Trustees
IMANI Center for Policy & Education