By Omer Redi
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - February 23, 2017 (IMC):- The upcoming ECA-AU joint conference on economy will focus on Africa’s triple challenges of growth, inequality and unemployment, one of the co organisers announced.
ECA made the announcement in a press release it sent to IMC as preparations for the joint annual high level conference have reached final stages.
Jointly organised by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), the conference will be held in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, from March 23 to 28, 2017 on the theme, “Growth, Inequality and Unemployment.”
The theme builds on the understanding that the sustained reduction of inequality requires a holistic understanding of the interrelated issues for coherent policymaking, according to a press release the Communications Section of ECA issued.
“There is an imperative need for African countries to adopt coherent strategies and national development plans that promote structural transformation and address the challenges of growth, inequality and unemployment and the Conference offers us the opportunity to discuss these issues,” Abdalla Hamdok, Acting ECA Executive Secretary, said. "We will address strategies for enhancing inclusive growth and promoting employment, especially for women and young people”.
According to him, the conference provides an ideal platform for high-level policy dialogue to address these challenges.
It will also be a platform to explore measures for reducing inequality and extreme poverty on the continent in order to achieve the targets of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan (2013-2023) of Agenda 2063 and the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also seeks to find pathways towards inclusive and job-creating growth by engaging with representatives of the private sector, civil society organizations, think tanks, academic and research institutions and other stakeholders, the ECA press release added.
Preceded by the Committee of Experts, which will meet from March 23 to 25, 2017, the Conference of Ministers will take place on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March 2017. The plenary sessions of the conference will commence with a high-level policy dialogue on the 2017 theme, followed by a series of plenary sessions on various sub-themes.
"We expect that seasoned and high-level panelists from within and outside Africa will build on the overarching theme towards an outcome that will have important implications for Africa’s future," noted Hamdok.
The conference will feature a number of high-level side events and other meetings, including the eighteenth session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa). In addition, following the 2016 African Development Week, there will be a number of side events taking place on March 25 and 26 around that theme.
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