Objectives & Expected outcomes

Objectives of the Conference

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank and the Economic Commission for Africa of the United Nations, the conference objectives are:

  • To promote knowledge management as an important component of good policy design and implementation;
  • To foster dialogue and promote the exchange of ideas among economists and African policymakers;
  • To encourage and enhance research on economic issues related to the development of African economies;
  • To provide an opportunity for regional and sub-regional organizations to disseminate results of their research as well as share information with African policymakers on the work they do in the region.

Victor Imboua Niava, Executive Director, Symposia Consult, Ghana

"As an interpreter, I have participated in many high-level conferences. This one comes at the right moment; a time when the continent need intellectual contributions from all its sons and daughters in order to emerge out of poverty. The organization of this conference is, for us African intellectuals, a unique opportunity to discuss our continent’s economic issues. It’s time for the continent to take off given that it has the necessary resources to improve upon its economy. Speakers during the conference spoke of Africa’s renaissance and its economic integration. Emphasis should be laid on intra-African trade, mass literacy, professional training, infrastructure and health."

Addis Ababa, November 2007

Conference Output

Papers presented will be published for widest possible dissemination among African Policy Makers in Regional Member Countries, International Organizations, donor organizations and other stakeholders in Africa’s development, in order to contribute to the formulation of economic policies and a better understanding of economic issues.

René Samba, CERAPE (Centre for Research and Analysis on Economic Policies), Brazzaville, Congo


"The African Economic Conference is of capital importance to our countries as it provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas among economists, policy-makers and researchers with a view to seeking ways and means of attaining growth, fighting extreme poverty in Africa and promoting sustainable development on the continent."

Addis Ababa, November 2007