African Economic Conference 2020

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About 2020 AEC

The 2020 edition of the African Economic Conference is jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The theme of this year’s conference is “Africa beyond COVID-19: Accelerating towards inclusive sustainable development”.

Date & Venue

Date: 8 – 10 December 2020
Venue: Virtual Conference


The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on 11 March 2020.[1] By 12 June 2020, 418,294 COVID-19-related deaths and 7,420,520 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases had been registered globally. In Africa, the situation has been less acute, with 8,779 deaths and 520,373 confirmed infections in 52 countries as at the same date in June 2020.[2]


Interested authors must submit their papers both through the website and by email to
Only full papers addressing the theme of the conference will be considered for presentation.
We also encourage the submission of policy- and solution-oriented papers that demonstrate strong empirical analysis.

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