11:00-12:30 Plenary Session 1 – High Level Panel: Reflections and Perspectives on addressing
Poverty and Inequality in the Post 2015 Agenda

Objective of Session

This session will engage high-level leaders of Development Partner Institutions and select Ministers of Finance/Economic Planning to share their reflections and perspectives on ways to address poverty and inequality in Africa. The session will highlight Africa's key challenges and opportunities; offer some perspectives on the best ways to address poverty and inequalities with the SDG agenda as well as share experiences from countries that have significantly reduced poverty and inequalities. The format will be a 'Davos/CNN studio' style with each speaker making a maximum 7-minute intervention followed by discussion in the panel and with the audience. No power point presentations or formal speeches will be used. The intent is to foster an open debate and lively interaction.

Moderator: Abdoulaye Mar Dièye, Assistant UN Secretary General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa


  1. Carlos Lopes, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  2. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Chief Economist & Vice-President , African Development Bank (AfDB)
  3. H.E. Yinager Dessie, Commissioner for National Planning Commission, Ethiopia
  4. H. E. Abdi Dirshe, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Somalia
  5. H. E. Komi Koutche, Minister of Planning, Benin 

Rapporteurs : Nicolas Kazad and Amarakoon Bandara

"Africa can no longer be content with simply managing poverty. For our future and the future of our children, we must eliminate it." - Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

Conference Venue

African Union Building and Government Hotel, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

AEC Partners