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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…

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Africa must prioritise domestic revenue mobilisation to triple growth, Conference of Ministers concludes

An increase of 12-20% in tax collection can raise up to $400bn and go a long way in funding $600bn financing gap Africa faces

Africa’s needs to build more resilient economies if it is to have the resources to meet its development goals and targets over the next few decades. This requires the continent to prioritise domestic revenuemobilisation efforts and triple current rates of growth. These were some of the takeaways from  the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) (www.UNECA.org)…

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Africa in the Digital Era – Hype or Reality? Adebayo Adedeji Annual lecture

The lecture focused around the question of digital transformation in Africa

Former Nigerian Minister for Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, delivered the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) (www.UNECA.org) annual Adebayo Adedeji at the ongoing Conference of Ministers in Marrakech. Held in memory of the Nigerian scholar Adebayo Adedeji – arguably one of Africa’s leading proponent of regional integration – the…

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UN and AU leaders give merits to joint development mechanism for Africa

RCM-Africa was about efficiency and coordinated effort of over 20 UN agencies to mobilize and deploy the US$680 billion dollars needed to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s Regional Coordination Mechanism to support the African Union and its programs (RCM-Africa) is all about upscaling efforts to get needed sustainable development results for the continent, leading figures from the UN system and the African Union have told media practitioners. At a press conference on the side-lines of…

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Regional integration remains low, according to African Regional Integration Index (ARI)

The Index, known as ARII, was set up to monitor and evaluate the status of economic integration among African countries and provides a basis for member States to track their progress

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) marks a momentous milestone for Africa but preliminary findings of the upcoming 2019 African Regional Integration Index, released at the on-going Conference of Ministers in Morocco on Saturday, indicate that regional integration in Africa remains low. The Index, known as ARII, was set…

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Tax reform, digitisation key to financing development

This year’s Economic Report on Africa, a flagship publication of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) focuses on fiscal policy

Africa must digitise its economies, broaden its tax base, prevent further deterioration of fiscal and debt positions, and aim for double-digit growth to achieve the UN 2030 global goals (SDGs), and the AU Agenda 2063 according to the 2019 Economic Report on Africa released today at the Conference of Ministers.…