FORMER Industry and International Trade minister Nkosana Moyo has been appointed envoy to the African Innovation Foundation in charge a regional law library programme which seeks to promote and improve democracy and governance in the continent.
Now in its third year of promoting free access to legal resource, and supporting law and governance towards a more accountable and transparent Africa, the AIF is enhancing outreach activities for one of its core programmes, the African Law Library (ALL) through engaging a team of envoys at pan-African level.
ALL Envoys are representative of Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arab speaking Africa.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Moyo as an Envoy to ALL, and are confident that this new collaboration will strengthen the platform’s mandate, playing an integral role in regional integration across the continent“, said AIF board chairman Walter Fust.
Moyo is currently executive chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) which he established.
Prior to that, he was vice president and chief operating officer of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Moyo also served at Actis Capital LLP as managing partner for the Africa Business and represented the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) as an associate director. He has also served as non-executive director of platinum miner Impala Platinum Holdings and Alexander Forbes Afrinet Investments of South Africa.
Moyo became the first minister in government to resign in 2001 in what was regarded as one of the most educated Cabinet formed by President Robert Mugabe.
He was appointed after Zanu PF won a narrow majority in the parliamentary elections in June 2000. Moyo left the country to join his family in South Africa, saying that he was frustrated by lawlessness and attacks on farms and businesses by Zanu PF activists. After his shock resignation Mugabe criticised him for growing cold feet.
“Law is a cement to human interactions at national and transnational level. ALL is an important tool in that it focuses on accessibility to legal knowledge for the ordinary people. Through this Pan-African initiative, AIF is playing a catalytic role in bringing African countries together as a force to create cohesion for sustainable economic growth,” Moyo said.
ALL Envoys will support the foundation in further catalysing programme activities such as resource mobilisation, and strategic networking with key players and institutions in Africa and beyond. –Staff Writer