Joint ECA-AU annual conference to focus on inequality, unemployment

By Edris Redi


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - December 14, 2016 (IMC):- The next edition of the ECA-AU joint annual conference on economic matters will discuss inequality and unemployment in the continent, according to one of the organisers.


Preparations are underway for the Annual Ministerial Conference of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC) to be held end of March in Dakar, ECA said in a press statement ECA sent to Ifriqiyah Media and Communications (IMC).


“...the conference will be held between March 23 and 28, 2017 on the theme ‘Growth, inequality and unemployment’,” ECA said in its statement Wednesday.  


The theme builds on the understanding that the sustained reduction of inequality requires a holistic understanding of the interrelated issues for coherent policymaking, according to the ECA.


"The Conference offers the opportunity to discuss the nexus between issues of economic growth, inequality and unemployment," says Abdalla Hamdok, Acting ECA Executive Secretary, adding: "We will address strategies for enhancing inclusive growth and promoting employment, especially for women and young people."


The conference will also explore measures for reducing inequality and extreme poverty on the continent in order to achieve the targets of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan (2013-2023) of Agenda 2063 and the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Preceded by the Committee of Experts, which will meet from Thursday, 23 March to Saturday, 25 March 2017, the Conference of Ministers will take place on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March 2017. The plenary sessions of the Conference will commence with a high-level policy dialogue on the 2017 theme, followed by a series of plenary sessions on various sub-themes.


"We expect that seasoned and high-level panelists from within and outside Africa will build on the overarching theme towards an outcome that will have important implications for Africa’s future," Hamdok added.


The conference will feature a number of significant high-level side events and other meetings, including the eighteenth session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa).


In addition, and following the dynamic 2016 African Development Week, there will be a number of side events taking place on 25 and 26 March 2017. These events, with inspiring discussions and solutions, will be held in parallel over the two days.


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