Decision-makers from Africa, world to chart continent’s path to emergenceFeb 26, 2015
Abidjan, 25 February 2015: African heads of State, government officials from some of the world’s largest economies and representatives from private sector, multilateral organizations and civil society will together raise the prospect of boosting Africa’s share of the global economy.
Sub-Saharan Africa grew by an average of above five percent per year over the last decade, and its human development levels have risen faster than any other region except South Asia. Still, the challenge for many countries in Africa is to make the transition from economic growth to large-scale economic diversification, boosting employment, entrepreneurship and infrastructure, and building strong social safety nets. Emulating the experience of China, Brazil, South Africa and Mauritius, many African countries have created their own strategies for economic and social emergence.
Hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, the International Conference on Africa’s Emergence will discuss the conditions of such a breakthrough, and the practical measures allowing for accelerating that process.
Media are invited to take part in the event. A press conference will be organized every day, on March 18, 19 and 20.
• Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
• Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP
• Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary-General and Directeur, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa– New York ;
• Babacar Cissé, Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative