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Local Reviews of Sustainable Development Progress in Africa Published

As cities, districts and governorates increasingly engage in these processes, ECA stands ready to work closely with them and a coalition of other partners

Five African localities have published Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) of their frameworks and progress towards regional and global sustainable development goals. These VLRs – in Accra, Harare, Ngora District, Victoria Falls and Yaoundé – were supported by ECA and are among a first wave of local-level reviews undertaken across Africa,…

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WISER Pan-Africa reflects on strides made and plans for the future

The two-days served as a think-pad to discuss outcomes emanating from all partners’ implementation programmes; amalgamation of feedback from all partners; discussions on sustainability of WISER outcomes

The Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) which was conceived and implemented from 2016 has now come to a close. The curtains for the six-year WISER programme came down in a special “Closing Workshop” that took place in the second weekend of December 2021 at the Kenyan capital,…

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Africa’s youth renew commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

A virtual discussion was organized by the Economic Commission for Africa under the theme “Africa’s Youth in The Decade of Action: Actors or Bystanders”

Young people in Africa have pledged to work harder and ensure that the continent achieves its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In a virtual discussion organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) under the theme “Africa’s Youth in The Decade of Action: Actors or Bystanders” on December 20, youth…

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Experts Design Sequencing for Transformative Leadership Towards Central Africa’s Economic Transformation

ECA was requested to develop statistical toolkits and a multi-partner platform for measuring leadership practices and the dialogue between the public and private sectors as well as a benchmarking matrix on economic diversification

Central African economies would make a complete turnaround from exporting raw gems and other commodities, to a state of value addition and economic diversification, should they wake up to a new paradigm of leadership and transformational change, involving all segments of society. A series of high-level debates and group reflections…

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Economic Commission of Africa and Partners release country reports on electricity market regulatory reviews

The reports aim to support the crowding-in of scaled private sector investment in generation, networks and off-grid markets

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the RES4Africa Foundation have jointly released a series of country regulatory reviews on electricity markets in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa and Ghana. The reports, which aim to support the crowding-in of scaled private sector investment in generation, networks and off-grid markets,were released…

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New social compact, transformative leadership will quicken Central Africa’s economic diversification

Central Africa must harness its natural capital, and build public-private partnerships which would identify rapid transitions and short-term actions towards developing strategic value chains for economic diversification

A new social compact characterised by permanent dialogue between political and economic leaders and ‘beneficiaries’, would catalyse economic diversification in Central Africa, said some of the continent’s leaders from various fields, Monday. “We need to think big and small at the same time by shifting from our obsession for foreign…

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Leadership nuggets to drive the implementation of industrial and economic diversification strategies in Central Africa

High-level speakers also laid emphasis on solid continental private sector partnerships, cross-border special economic zones and well thought-out professional training

A high-level debate on the role of transformative leadership in implementing industrialisation and economic diversification strategies in Central Africa ended at the Kintele International Conference Centre near the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, Monday, with appeals for political predictability, adequate infrastructure, especially in energy provision, and a better segmented private sector. High-level…

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ECA Young Economists Network Set to Provide the Human Capital for Africa’s Transformational Economic Development

The High-Level Webinar was attended by more than 200 young students across the continent, many of whom are members of the network

Africa’s future will be shaped by the young minds of the ECA Young Economists Network (ECA-YEN) who will be nurtured to take charge of the economic direction in which the continent goes. This was the conclusion drawn by the eminent panelists who were at the virtual launch of the ECA-YEN…

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ECA Partners with Mt Kenya Hub to Empower SMEs and Young Innovators

The initiative, which ran from 26 November to 3 December 2021 aimed at enhancing skills development, job creation, and inclusive growth

A week-long series of exhibitions, trainings, and hackathons titled “Mt Kenya Innovation and Investment Week” has taken place in the Kenyan counties of Nyeri, Meru, and Kirinyaga. Organized by Mt. Kenya Hub in partnership with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the initiative, which ran from 26 November to 3 December 2021…

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African Economic Conference: Development community calls for universal vaccine access to mitigate impact of Omicron, other Covid-19 variants

In a video message, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General, stated that vaccine inequality could cost African countries billions of dollars

Cabo Verde President José Maria Neves on Thursday joined the development community in calling for urgent universal vaccine access as a way to mitigate the impact of Omicron and other variants of the Covid-19 virus. The World Health Organization on Friday categorized Omicron as a Covid-19 “variant of concern”, signifying…