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Sub-Regional Coordination Mechanism for Eastern and Southern Africa Commit to Support the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Industrialization in the two regions- Eastern and Southern Africa

The UN family agreed the need to work collaboratively to support the implementation of AfCFTA and industrialisation initiatives through optimising synergies within the UN

The 2019 Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Sub-Regional Coordination Mechanism (SRCM) for Eastern and Southern Africa adopt outcome statement to take measures to reposition themselves in the realisation of both Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030. Established in November 2010, as a subsidiary of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM), the Sub-Regional…

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Africa needs effective information and communication technologies (ICT) policies & strategies to enhance competitiveness, says Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Chinganya

Technology and innovation have been the backbone of African economic success over the last two decades but internet and internet-related penetration remained limited

It is crucial for African organizations and governments to understand the dynamic and significant role that information and communication technologies (ICT) play in enhancing competitiveness, especially in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) implementation, a top Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) official said Monday. Speaking at…

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African Ministers of Trade pave way for the operationalisation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and prepare for the July Niamey African Union (AU) Summit

The meeting was preceded by the meeting of the 8th Senior Trade Officials (STO) and the 15th Negotiating Forums (NF)

African Ministers of Trade (AMOT) of the African Union met in Addis Ababa at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters from 7 to 8 June 2019. The meeting was preceded by the meeting of the 8th Senior Trade Officials (STO) and the 15th Negotiating Forums (NF). The meeting was attended…

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Songwe, UN heads of agencies discuss need for better coordination and delivery

Ms. Songwe reinforced the need for joint efforts by the ECA and UN agencies in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, on Wednesday met with key heads of United Nations agencies in Ethiopia to discuss how the UN in the region can coordinate better and deliver as one. The UN Chiefs discussed how they can work better together in light of ongoing…

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In Addis Ababa, President Mary Robinson talks ‘climate justice’

She described climate change as a “man-made problem that requires a feminist solution”

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Monday 20 May, 2019, hosted Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate, in a session dubbed “A Conversation on Climate Justice.” Chaired by ECA’s Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, the discussion revolved around Ms. Robinson’s recent book - Climate Justice:…

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ECA pledges practical support to Angola’s economic reform

A series of high-level talks with Angolan authorities culminated with discussions at the Presidential palace in which four main areas of cooperation were agreed

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has established three work streams aimed at supporting Angola on its sustainable development trajectory and macroeconomic reform agenda, following the accession to power of President João Lourenço in September 2017. A series of high-level talks with Angolan authorities culminated with discussions at the…

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Time to close poverty gap in Africa with bold actions, says ECA’s Biha at the Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD2019)

SDGs are a global agenda adopted by countries in 2015 with a vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovanie Biha, on Thursday said Africa was running out of time to ensure the successful implementation of the sustainable development goals and called for bold actions by the continent’s leaders to ensure no one is left behind by development processes. In closing…

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Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD) 2019 ends with Africa reaffirming its commitment to implementing the SDGs

The ministers called on all African countries to strengthen South-South cooperation and the sharing of experience to help tackle multiple and complex challenges

The fifth Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD) ended in Marrakesh Thursday with ministers and officials in charge of environment and sustainable development reaffirming their governments’ commitment to fully implementing the sustainable development goals for the benefit of all on the continent. The ministers, who were joined by policymakers…

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Africa making progress in using Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but more still needs to be done

Session raised opportunities for scaling up actions considering the role of STI in accelerating efforts to achieve the SDGs under review by Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD5)

The Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum was one of the pre-events of the fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 5) that took place Tuesday at the Palais des Congrès de la Palmeraie in Marrakech, Morocco. The session raised opportunities for scaling up…

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Women can change face of Africa with enough access to finance

Failure to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into national economies has cost African countries a combined $95 billion in lost productivity annually

Access to finance by women in Africa is critical if the continent is to attain the sustainable development goals, Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovanie Biha said Tuesday. Speaking at an event to discuss the African Women Leadership Fund (AWLF) in Marrakesh, Morocco, ahead of the fifth…