The 7th African Economic Conference (AEC) will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from October 30 to November 2, 2012 on the theme, “Fostering Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa in an Age of Global Uncertainty”.
The main objective of the African Economic Conference is to provide a platform for experts on Africa, both within and outside the continent, to reflect and dialogue on new directions for growth policy on the continent in order to determine the best approaches to attain the Millennium Development Goals, achieve the objectives of NEPAD and accelerate Africa’s sustainable development.
Hundreds of high-level participants including eminent academics, political leaders, representatives of international organizations, CEOs, civil society organizations and the media will participate in the event. This year’s theme offers delegates the opportunity to debate Africa’s inclusive growth and sustainable development agenda and the role of the AfDB Group in promoting development in times of global economic turmoil.
Delegates will take part in wide-ranging discussions, including the possibility of engineering people-oriented growth that enhances environmental protection, poverty reduction, the creation of jobs and investment opportunities.
Participants will also exchange views on how to strengthen Africa’s economic institutions and build infrastructure to leverage economies of scale and integration.
The AEC is co-organized by the AfDB, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The AEC has become a major forum that brings together leading academics and development practitioners from across the globe towards fostering dialogue and exchange of knowledge that contributes to the search for solutions to the development challenges of Africa.