Rationale & Objectives

Through the AEC, the Bank will explore in depth selected topics of relevance for Africa’s economic development. The AEC will provide the Bank a mechanism for generating research products based on previous Bank investments and/or collaboration with other networks and research institutions with expertise in the topics in question. The initiative of organizing the Conference, to be attended by leading experts and national policy makers, is a strategy of breaking isolation of national policy makers from researchers.

The Conference will take the form of Plenary Sessions and Four Concurrent Thematic Sessions. The Plenary Sessions will serve as a platform for presenting papers on the designated topic of Growth in Africa. The main aim of these Sessions will be to examine and explore Africa’s growth prospects and chart the way forward. Renowned specialists in their fields will review the state of the art in the designated topic. Their papers help the Bank and participants keep abreast of the growth environment and look more deeply at existing and outlook issues within the designated topic.