Addis Ababa Hosts the 2nd African Economic Conference

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Addis Ababa, 12 November 2007 (ECA) – The African Development Bank (ADB) Group and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will organize the 2nd African Economic Forum from November 15-17, 2007 at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This year’s conference will be held on the theme: "Opportunities and Challenges of Development for Africa in the Global Arena."

The conference aims at encouraging the exchange of ideas between economists and decision-makers, strengthening access to information and research on economic issues, and in doing so, improve the quality of economic policies in the region. It also seeks to promote knowledge management as a critical component in the design and implementation of policies, encourage and strengthen research on economic issues relating to the development of African economies.

The conference will also provide an opportunity to various experts to present the research on the continent and share perspectives with economic specialists with a view to drawing lessons on the progress of economic analyses and research.

Eminent economists including Professor Ernest Aryeetey (ISSER, Ghana), Professor Paul Collier (Oxford University) and Professor Robert Wade (London School of Economics) will make presentations in the plenary sessions. Bank Group President, Donald Kaberuka, and ECA Executive Secretary, Abdoulie Janneh, will address participants during the opening session.

The inaugural AEC was organized by the AfDB from November 22-24, 2006, in Tunis with a focus on "What has happened in Africa five years into the 21st Century and what are the region’s prospects in the years ahead?" More than 250 distinguished researchers, economists, university professors, African Think-Tanks notably, Microsoft Africa Chairman, Cheick Modibo Diarra; Patrick Guillaumont of the France-based CERDI (International Development Research Studies Centre), Ji Hong Kim of the Korean Development institute, Alan Gelb, of the World Bank as well as representatives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the UK-based Department for International Development (DFID), were among the participants.

More than 300 government, academic, private sector and non governmental organization experts will take part in the conference.

Presse release by the ECA’s Information and Communication Service, P.O. Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tel: 251 11 5445098, Fax: +251 11 5510365, E-mail:, Web:


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