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29th & 30th March-2023
High Level Virtual Meeting


The United States is co-hosting the second Summit for Democracy with the governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, and Republic of Zambia. The second Summit for Democracy will assemble world leaders in a virtual, plenary format, followed by gatherings in each of the co-hosted countries with representatives from government, civil society, and the private sector. Co-hosting the second Summit for Democracy with a regionally diverse group of co-hosts reinforces the truth that a safer and fairer world grounded in democratic values is both a shared aspiration and a shared responsibility.

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Event Schedule

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Thursday March 30, 2023

07:30 – 08:30   Arrival of Delegates and Dance Troupe Performances

08:30 – 08:40   Welcome Remarks by the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


08:40 – 08:55   Remarks by the USG Head of Delegation (TBA)

08:55 – 09:00   INTERLUDE

09:00 – 09:20   Keynote Address by Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia

09:20 – 09:40   Group Photo

09:40 – 10:00   HEALTH BREAK

10:00 – 11:15   Panel 1: Ensuring Electoral Integrity on the African Continent

                        Moderator: Rueben Lifuka, Vice President, Transparency International, Zambia


  • Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, former Chair of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Nigeria
  • Kojo Asante, Director of Advocacy and Planning, Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), Ghana
  • TBA


11:20 – 13:00   Country Presentations on Electoral Processes, Institutional and Legal Framework, and Reforms


13:00 – 14:00   LUNCH

14:00 – 15:15   Panel A1: Inclusive Participation of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities in Electoral Processes


Moderator: Grace Jerry, Executive Director, Inclusive Friends Association, Nigeria



  • Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Nigeria
  • Anne Ireri, Executive Director, FIDA Kenya
  • Daintowon Domah Pay-bayee, Executive Director, National Commission on Disabilities, Liberia
  • Lourenço Cange, Project Manager, Projecto Agir, Angola


14:00 – 15:15   Panel A2: Freedom of Expression: The Role of the Media and Civil Society in Promoting Transparent and Credible Elections


Moderator: Marcella Samba-Sesay, Chair, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Sierra Leone



  • David Omwoyo, CEO, Media Council of Kenya, Kenya
  • Pansy Tlakula, Chair, South Africa Information Regulator, South Africa
  • Laura Miti, Executive Director, Alliance for Community Action (ACA), Zambia
  • Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Shift, Nigeria


15:15 – 15:35   INTERLUDE


15:35 – 16:50   Panel B1: Transparency in Political Party Financing 


Moderator: Dr. O’Brien Kaaba, Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia, Zambia



  • Henry Muguzi, Founder, Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFM), Uganda
  • Sheila Masinde, Executive Director, Transparency International, Kenya
  • TBA


15:35 – 16:50   Panel B2: The Independence of Electoral Management Bodies and Their

Importance in Free, Fair and Credible Elections


Moderator: Khabele Matlosa, Former Director of Political Affairs, African Union Commission, Lesotho



  • Mohammad Irfan Abdool Rahman, Electoral Commissioner, Office of the Electoral Commissioner, Mauritius
  • Elsie T. Nghikembua, Chairperson, Election Commission of Namibia, Namibia
  • Ahmed Issack Hassan, former Chairperson, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kenya


16:50 – 17:00   INTERLUDE


17:00 – 17:15   Wrap-up Session TBA


17:15 – 17:30   Closing Remarks by Her Honour Mrs. W.K. Mutale Nalumango, Vice President of the Republic of Zambia

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