President Muhammadu Buhari and Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) are among dignitaries expected at the 11th African Economic Conference 2016, which opens in Abuja on Monday.
Also expected at the confab which has as theme “Feed Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialisation for Inclusive Growth,” are: Abdalla Hamdok, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as Prof Eric Maskin (Harvard University) and 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics.
The three-day event, jointly organized by the AfDB, the ECA and the UNDP, will “provide an opportunity for participants to discuss Africa’s agricultural transformation by presenting the latest empirical evidence on how to leverage agro-industrialization for feeding Africa and promoting inclusive growth.”
According a statement by the organisers on Friday, “it will also provide critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.
A high point of the conference will be the launch of UNDP’s Africa Human Development Report 2016 (“Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa”) on Monday 5 December, by Nigeria’s Ministers of Budget and Planning, and Women Affairs together with UNDP’s Regional Director for Africa.
Two other special events: Launch of Economic Report on Africa 2016 and a discussion on Youth Agri-preneurship’s Aspirations and Challenges will be launched on Tuesday.