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UN family mourns the victims of Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines Crash

According to government reports, 149 passengers and eight crew members were believed to be on flight ET302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi

The UN family has received the news of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed at 8:44 this morning with profound shock and dismay. The Boeing 737-800 crashed in Bishoftu, shortly after take off from Bole International Airport. “As the UN family, we are deeply saddened by all the lives lost…

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Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) chief says world loses trillions to gender inequality

Citing a World Economic Forum report, Ms. Songwe said it will take Africa 102 years to close the gender gap and that globally, it will take 217 years

“When you have women in positions of leadership, business does better and there’s more innovation, more value creation and more profit,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA). Speaking at the launch of the Global Health 50/50 2019 Report - titled Equality Works - in…

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Boosting access to electricity key for Africa’s development, says Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Songwe

Nearly 600 million, or 48% of Africa’s population, still lack access to electricity, with the majority living in rural areas

Africa will not fully develop if hundreds of millions of its people continue to live without electricity, Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe said Thursday. Addressing a Res4Africa business-to-government high level workshop on accelerating the renewable energy transition in Ethiopia, Ms. Songwe said energy was at the heart…

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Ethiopia reforms aim to increase private sector participation in economy

Ethiopian government has deployed several strategies and programmes, in parallel, to support micro, small and medium enterprises

Ethiopia is implementing reforms to broaden the participation of the private sector in the country’s economy as well as increase competitiveness as it seeks to create decent jobs for its populace, Finance Minister Ahmed Shide said Tuesday. In a speech read on his behalf at a joint Economic Commission for…

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Innovation key to creating much-needed jobs in Africa, says Songwe

Innovation, she said, is a major force for economic growth and development, which is crucial for the continent to create enough jobs for its youth in particular

Africa has to innovate if the continent is to create sufficient decent jobs for its growing youthful population, Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, said Tuesday. Speaking in Addis Ababa at a joint ECA-World Bank roundtable on jobs and economic transformation, Ms. Songwe said with Africa’s rising…

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CoM2019: All set for 20th Session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa

The session takes place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 23 to 24 March 2019 on the margins of the 52nd session and Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

All is set for the 20th Session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM) and the third meeting jointly organized with the Africa Regional United Nations Sustainable Development Group secretariat. The session takes place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 23 to 24 March 2019 on the margins of the 52nd…

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Experts Review Guidelines for National African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) Implementation Plans

Experts will review current production and trade within a national and regional context

Experts from the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA), African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) are meeting in Libreville, Gabon today to review the guidelines for preparing national AfCFTA implementation strategies. Experts will review current production and trade within a national and regional context; the identification and prioritization of opportunities for value…

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Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM)-Africa retreat focuses on strengthening efforts to deliver for continent

RCM-Africa is a platform for the UN system to support the African Union Commission (AUC) and its organs in the implementation of appropriate policies to promote Africa's development

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is this week hosting a Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa retreat in Debra Zeit, Ethiopia, ahead of the 20th Session of RCM-Africa that will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in March. Participants are deliberating on key issues on joint programming, monitoring and evaluation, including…

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Bold leadership crucial for Ebola eradication, says Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)’s Biha

The ECA deputy Chief said in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the continent needs to mobilise adequate resources for strong and resilient health systems

Eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease from Africa requires bold leadership at different tiers of government and society, Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Deputy Executive Director, Giovani Biha, said Thursday. She was speaking at a meeting called by the African Union Commission, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and…

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Climate research should inform development policies in Africa

The 2018-2022 strategic plan further focuses on four structural goals aimed at improving research capacity in Africa as an ingredient for achieving sustainable development

In a meeting held on the 14-15 February in Entebbe, Uganda, members of the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) Institutional Collaboration Platform (ICP) unanimously adopted the CR4D five-year strategic plan. The participants further resolved to implement the strategy that emphasizes three climate research priority areas of science, practice and policy, strategies to…