Tracking Africa’s Progress

Tracking Africa’s Progress in Figures

African economies have sustained unprecedented rates of growth, driven mainly by strong domestic demand, improved macroeconomic management, a growing middle class, and increased political stability. As the continent continues to evolve, the African Development Bank’s Tracking Africa’s Progress in Figures publication looks at the key megatrends of the last few decades that will shape Africa’s future.

Moderator:  Mr. Javier Blas, Africa Editor, Financial Times

Opening Speaker: Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Panelists: 

  • S. E. Madame Niale Kaba, Minister of Economy and Finance, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Mr. Pali Lehola, Statistician-General,, Statistics South Africa
  • Mr. Yusuf Mago Murangwa, Director General, National Statistics Institute, Rwanda
  • Hon. Alexander Bwalya Chikwanda, Minister of Finance, Zambia

Presenters:

  • Mr. Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, Director, Statistics Department, AfDB
  • Mr. Vladimir Eskin, Managing Director, Prognoz

Rapporteur:  Mr. Anthony Simpasa, Research Department, AfDB

Description:

Over the years, many African countries have significantly scaled up their data collection efforts, but challenges remain with regard to the timely dissemination of the data to users. This problem has been highlighted at a number of pan-African and international meetings in recent years. This was the imperative driving the Busan Action Plan for Statistics, which called upon stakeholders to promote full access to official statistics to enhance transparency, accountability, and good governance in developing countries. The Africa Information Highway (AIH) is a direct response by the AfDB to those requests and aims at meeting the data needs for the post-2015 development agenda and beyond. The workshop will provide the audience with an update on key Bank initiatives in data management and dissemination; a discussion of linkages between these initiatives and development effectiveness of the Bank in African countries; and a debate on how data openness contributes to the openness and transparency agenda and the “data revolution”. Of particular interest today is the ongoing exercise of GDP re-basing by some African countries, with the most recent illustration being the Nigerian economy which is now ranked as the world’s 26th largest economy


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If you look at the money they get from fishing in African waters, it is more than the money they send to Africa through development aid. This is a case of the rich versus the poor. Therefore, as leaders, we must take action.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

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