7th African Economic Conference: A preview

African Development Bank Vice President and Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube. Photo by: Matthew Jordaan / CC BY-SA

Leaders and academics in and outside of Africa convened Oct. 30 in Kigali, Rwanda, for this year’s African Economic Conference.

Discussions in the thematic debates and plenary sessions will revolve around the theme “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty.” Among the scheduled speakers are Rwandan President Paul Kagame, African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka and U.N. Development Program Administrator Helen Clark. The former presidents of Nigeria and São Tomé and Principe, Olusegun Obasanjo and Joaguim Rafael Franco, will be speaking at the conference as well.

The African Economic Conference aims to tap knowledge sharing and innovative thinking in developing and enhancing policies that will foster economic growth in the region. Lessons from previous conferences have made their way into various African governments’ innovation-led strategies, AfDB Vice President and Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube said in a press release.

Inclusive development is also at the core of AfDB’s 2013-2022 strategy, which aims to provide Africans across different ages, genders and geographical divides wider access to economic opportunities. Consultations with stakeholders on policy challenges and priorities, among other topics, are ongoing. The final strategy is expected to be adopted before the end of this year.

The 7th African Economic Conference will run until Friday, Nov. 2.

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