In Their Own Words

The African Economic Conference continued, Wednesday, October 31 in Kigali, Rwanda, with debates on public finance, led by high-profile speakers, conversant with public finance.

The World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa Region, Shantayanan Devarajan, spoke on frameworks for public finance management and governance in Africa."  Linking public finance management to the theme of this year’s African Economic Conference. Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty”, he explained that, Read More

Researchers at the conference were so right to also focus on girls’ primary education and vocational school attendance. From our experience, we would state that competent and combative women are the future of this continent. Just see the role of women in various organizations and societies. I would like to add my voice to all the researchers here in Kigali, to encourage our young girls to attend vocational schools. It is the only way to fight poverty and to meet the continent’s development challenges. Read More

“Partnering with think tanks needs to be part and parcel of the Bank’s effort to become a strong knowledge broker.” Hau Sing Tse, Executive Director of the African Development Bank for Canada, China, South Korea and Kuwait.

One of the highlights of the 7th African Economic Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, was the networking session with African think tanks for policy dialogue on “Flow of Funds and Africa’s Transformation.” Participants expressed the need for genuine partnerships. Read More

“Parliamentarians, civil society organizations and journalists are the key players who can contribute to good governance”...These groups can play a significant part in combatting corruption and capital flight in particular. … Capital flight drains the resources of a nation and hence, retards economic growth.” These views were expressed Dr. William Lyakurwa, Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium, in an interview on the sidelines of a networking meeting with African think tanks on Monday, October 29 in Kigali, a day prior to the opening of the African Economic Conference Read More  

The African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) jointly launched the African Economic Conference (AEC) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Tuesday, October 30 to discuss “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty”. On the eve of the meeting, John Rwangombwa, Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, spoke about the importance of the conference, now in its seventh year, which is being held for the first time in Rwanda.  Read More

How would the African Development Bank Group, in practical terms, want African governments to embrace “Inclusive growth?” Have Africans taken ownership of the theme and what it the current status and future prospects one year after the Tunisian revolution?

“Some issues linked to inclusive growth, such as voice and accountability are political in nature and need to be handled politically by national governments. However, the Bank Group needs to continue paying more attention to wider access issues linked to its infrastructure and economic development projects and programs. In addition. Read More

In their own words

"In our continent, growth has generally remained robust against a backdrop of sluggish global economy"

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