African Countries Must Intensify Actions Aimed at Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, AEC Journalists Told

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The African Economic Conference, currently underway from Tuesday, October 30 to Friday, November 2 in Kigali, Rwanda, provided a platform for more than 60 journalists from Africa and other parts of the globe, to have a constructive dialogue with African Development Bank President, Donald Kaberuka, and UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark.

In a press conference that followed the opening sessions on Tuesday, the two chiefs of their respective institutions responded to questions on issues such as mining, commodities, education, health, energy and infrastructure.

Kaberuka and Clark highlighted the positive opportunities in Africa, in spite of “the uncertain times in which we live.” Their overarching messages acknowledged that Africa is on the right path, and emphasized the need for governments to intensify actions aiming to achieve inclusive growth which advances human development.

Clark also highlighted the significant change and progress made by Africa in economic reforms and development over the last decade and the catalytic role played by the African Development Bank in this process.

She also emphasized, with satisfaction, the tremendous economic success in some countries, “with transformational leaders who have taken their countries forward in so many ways.”

President Kaberuka reiterated the Bank’s role in the area of infrastructure. “The momentum of Africa’s economy is promising,” President Kaberuka said.