ECA, AU to Hold Conference of Ministers

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Carlos Lopes, ECA Executive Secretary

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The Economic Commission for Africa and Africa Union are to hold the Conference of ministers next week to discuss how to implement Agenda 2063

AGAINST a backdrop of intense negotiations leading up to the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, and within the greater context of Agenda 2063, the Economic Commission for Africa, ECA, and the African Union Commission, AUC, will hold one of its most important Conference of Ministers at the end of March. More than 1,000 participants are expected, including some 50 ministers of finance, planning and development, more than 30 Central Bank governors and key leaders and thinkers from business and academia.

The Conference theme is “Implementing Agenda 2063 – Planning, Mobilising and Financing for Development.”

This year’s theme highlights the importance of securing finance to implement the continent’s development agenda. The financing needs of Agenda 2063 are considerable, in particular with regard to regional integration; intra-Africa trade, infrastructure etc.  The ministers will focus on the role of finance and will discuss ways to put together better frameworks so that the banks and financial services play a more active role in driving the transformation agenda.

The conference will also focus on domestic resource mobilisation as Africa needs not only funds but also a more effective and inclusive means of channelling funds to where they can be most effective and where the market s currently failing to reach. The meetings will also include a week of expert talks, seminars and discussions focusing on a wide variety of themes. Climate change will feature strongly and the ECA will showcase the work they have been doing on the data front to unleash a data revolution which will ultimately drive policy. This is part of the ECA’s wider mandate to provide data driven policy advice.

The Conference will also feature the inaugural lecture for the Annual Adebayo Adedeji Lecture Series, launched in Abuja in 2014. Later in the year, the much anticipated regional integration ranking will be released by the ECA. This ranking using a wide range of metrics will list countries in terms of how integration friendly they are.

The ECA will also launch its 2015 Annual Economic Report on Africa, whose main theme is Industrialisation through Trade at the event.

The last two meetings of the ECA which were held in Abidjan and Abuja, respectively, have focused on industrialisation and transformative growth. A call was made to African countries to adopt dynamic industrial policies with innovative institutions, effective processes and flexible mechanisms to transform their economies to bring about inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa is the main legislative organ of ECA and reports to the Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC. It provides a forum for all governments of the region to review and discuss economic and social issues and to strengthen regional cooperation. The Commission meets annually at the ministerial level to discuss and decide on important issues pertaining to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in the region, to decide on the recommendations of its subsidiary bodies and of the Executive Secretary, to review and endorse the proposed strategic framework and programme of work, and to make any other decisions required, in conformity with its terms of reference.

The Commission session comprises an expert segment followed by a ministerial segment. The Commission has since 2008 held its session jointly with the Conference of African Ministers of Economy and Finance of the African Union.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa is the main legislative organ of ECA and reports to the Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC. It provides a forum for all governments of the region to review and discuss economic and social issues and to strengthen regional cooperation. The Commission meets annually at the ministerial level to discuss and decide on important issues pertaining to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in the region, to decide on the recommendations of its subsidiary bodies and of the Executive Secretary, to review and endorse the proposed strategic framework and programme of work, and to make any other decisions required, in conformity with its terms of reference.

The Commission session comprises an expert segment followed by a ministerial segment. The Commission has since 2008 held its session jointly with the Conference of African Ministers of Economy and Finance of the African Union.

— Mar. 30, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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