About 2021 AEC

The 2021 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 “Financing Africa’s post-COVID-19 development”.

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Date & Venue

Date: 2 – 4 December 2021
Venue: Cabo Verde


Across Africa, millions continue to be affected by COVID-19, which is in its third or fourth waves in some countries (Total cases: 4 159 055; Total deaths: 111 357; Total recoveries: 3 726 707; Total tests: 39 259 460 – April 10, 2021). Despite the start of vaccination programs in several countries, 2021 is likely to be a year of weak economic recovery across the African continent.


Interested authors should submit their papers to rba.aec@undp.org before 5 August 2021.
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 with strong empirical work. The conference shall give priority to solution-oriented papers.

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