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Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference 2016 will take place in Abuja (Nigeria) from December 5 to 7, 2016. The 2016 Conference will be the eleventh edition of the AEC series.

The African Economic Conference 2016 will offer a unique avenue for researchers, policymakers and development practitioners from Africa and elsewhere to debate and build knowledge on agro-led structural transformation in Africa. The debates would focus on tracking progress on performance, identifying gaps, challenges and emerging issues, as well as recommending timely corrective policy actions in these priority areas. By providing up-to-date information, undertaking comparative analyses and discussing success stories and lessons learned, the AEC 2016 would make a strategic contribution to Africa's sustainable transformation process.

The Conference will comprise a number of plenary sessions, which will feature presentations and discussions by prominent academics, policy makers, private sector actors, opinion leaders and representatives from development organizations. The breakout sessions will allow for more in-depth and technical analyses of salient issues related to the thematic focus of the Conference.

Under the broader theme of "Feed Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth", the key discussion topics suggested below will enable a broad range of discussions on the current state of and prospects of Africa's agricultural transformation and will generate valuable insights for improved policy making:

  • Accelerating agricultural productivity: technology and innovation, assets, access to finance;
  • Strengthening regional value chains; trade, competitiveness, regional integration;
  • Promoting inclusive agro allied industrialisation: infrastructure, human capital, policies, investment, institutions;
  • Fostering inclusiveness and reducing inequality: women, youth, urban, rural, eliminating enclaves, access to land, financial inclusion;
  • Reducing risks and building resilience: environment and climate change, insurance, conflict (land, water).

As is the tradition, a distinguished panel will assess the papers presented and award a prize to the author whose paper has been deemed as the best Conference paper. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.

AEC Partners