Unlocking Africa’s Development Potential

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•06•09    13:30 - 16:10

    On 9 June 2016, the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA-Finland) will co-organise a seminar discussion on “Unlocking Africa’s Development Potential – How to Translate Economic Growth into Development Goals”.

    Africa’s economic progress over the past decade has been impressive. Currently, the continent is entering a crucial time for its transformation toward inclusive and sustainable development.
    The seminar will examine if and how economic growth can be maintained and translated into achieving crucial development goals. The new president of the AfDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, will outline the five development priorities, the so-called High 5, he believes are key in unlocking the economic potential of African countries:

    • Light Up and Power Africa
    • Feed Africa
    • Industrialise Africa
    • Integrate Africa
    • Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

    UNU-WIDER Director Finn Tarp will provide commentary based on recent research evidence and Kari Alanko, from MFA-Finland’s Department for Africa and the Middle East, will bring a policy point of view to the discussion. The event will be chaired by Tony Addison, Chief Economist and Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER.

    For more information, including a full agenda, visit the UNU-WIDER website.

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