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The 2020 edition of the African Economic Conference responds to a growing call for action to improve Africa’s capacity to respond to, and recover from, emergencies and return to the path of inclusive and sustainable development. The conference is now the leading forum for discussing key issues in Africa. The specific objectives of the conference are as follows:

  • To promote knowledge management as an important driver of analysis, with a view to effective policy formulation, dialogue, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • To foster dialogue that promotes the exchange of ideas and innovative thinking among researchers, development practitioners and policymakers;
  • To encourage and enhance evidence-based research on environmental, socioeconomic and policy issues related to the development of African economies;
  • To provide an opportunity for young African researchers, Africans in the diaspora, and organizations to share knowledge with policymakers;
  • To reflect on the importance of human capital and skills development for the continent and to build a road map for creating resilient, innovative and foresight-driven education systems;
  • To serve as a platform for researchers, policymakers and private sector operators to meet and build consensus on modalities for regional and continental integration as a means of accelerating Africa’s inclusive and sustainable development.

Since its inception in 2006, the conference has fostered dialogue and the exchange of knowledge on a variety of issues and challenges that Africa has faced. The themes of the conference in previous years have been as follows:

  • 2006 - Accelerating Africa’s development five years into the twenty-first century
  • 2007 - Opportunities and challenges of development for Africa in the global arena
  • 2008 - Globalization, institutions and economic development of Africa
  • 2009 - Fostering development in an era of financial and economic crises
  • 2010 - Setting the agenda for Africa’s economic recovery and long-term growth
  • 2011 - Green economy and structural transformation in Africa
  • 2012 - Fostering inclusive and sustainable development in Africa in an age of global economic uncertainty
  • 2013 - Regional integration in Africa
  • 2014 - Knowledge and innovation for Africa’s transformation
  • 2015 - Addressing poverty and inequality in the post-2015 development agenda
  • 2016 - Feeding Africa: towards agro-allied industrialization for inclusive growth
  • 2017 - Governance for structural transformation
  • 2018 - Regional and continental integration for Africa’s development
  • 2019 - Jobs, entrepreneurship and capacity development for African youth