At a specially-convened roundtable meeting sponsored by the Canadian Council on Africa Feb. 14, K.Y. Amoako, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), who is also one of the 17 members of the Blair Commission on Africa, met with 20 key players representing Canadian interests and African nations. The informal briefing took place the day prior to his scheduled appearance before the Senate foreign affairs committee's special hearing on African issues. As such, this breakfast session provided insight into Mr. Amoako's vision of the enormous challenges still facing the countries of Africa in 2005, a year that is viewed as being crucial to the continent's long-term prospects for economic growth. The discussion at the meeting also made clear that private and public sector interests require more coordination and that increased knowledge of the NEPAD framework that was created to assist African development is required, particularly among African politicians and legislators.