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ECA: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 16/15 February 2021

  Research and analysis Sahel 2043 : towards a resilient, inclusive and prosperous Sahel region (Publication – 4 February) Regional Climate Outlook Forums: Highlights (Publication – 1 February) PIDA Progress Report – 2019-2020 (Publication –  20 January) News and press releases Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta prioritizes investing in women in tech (Press Release – 9 […]

African ministers meet with IMF, ECA on immediate economic response to COVID-19

African ministers meet with IMF, ECA on immediate economic response to COVID-19

The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, on Friday 5 February 2021 met with African Ministers in charge of finance and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, to discuss immediate economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the virtual meeting, which was convened by the […]

4th Africa Business Forum 2021

4th Africa Business Forum 2021

Innovative Finance: Building Forward to the SDGs 8 FEBRUARY, 2021 Virtual Watch live The Africa Business Forum is convened each year in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, on the margins of the ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The annual sessions  of this Forum […]

Digitalization a critical accelerator of sustainable development goals, says President Kenyatta at ABF2021

Digitalization a critical accelerator of sustainable development goals, says President Kenyatta at ABF2021

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 8, 2021 (ECA) – Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, on Monday passionately delivered an inspiring keynote address during the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) fourth African Business Forum, emphasizing the importance for African governments to create enabling regulatory environments, develop vibrant and sustainable financial and research support structures to spur innovation on […]

ECA’s 2021 Conference of Ministers to focus on sustainable industrialisation & diversification in the digital era

ECA’s 2021 Conference of Ministers to focus on sustainable industrialisation & diversification in the digital era

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 02, 2021 (ECA) – Preparations for the fifty-third session of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have reached advanced stages. The Conference of Ministers will be held virtually from 17-23 March, 2021, under the theme “Africa’s sustainable industrialisation and […]

ECA: Regional analysis and policy responses – RC Update No. 15/31 January 2021

ECA Research and analysis Women’s Entrepreneurship Report: Education and Finance for Successful Entrepreneurship in Africa (report – 19 January)  Economic Report on Africa 2020 (Report – 15 January) 2020 in Review: video highlights some of ECA’s activities in 2020 News and press releases UN unveils strategy to move Gabon from brown to green economy (Press […]

More countries sign-up to AfCFTA since free trade area opened for business

More countries sign-up to AfCFTA since free trade area opened for business

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 January 2021, ECA – The number of countries that have ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement is approaching 40 with the continent’s leadership showing immense political will towards achieving its aspirations. The African Union Commission’s (AUC) Trade Commissioner, Albert Muchanga, said during an Invest in Africa webinar on […]

Private sector key to AfCFTA success and Africa’s recovery from COVID-19

Private sector key to AfCFTA success and Africa’s recovery from COVID-19

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) can help drive the continent’s economic recovery from the deadly coronavirus pandemic and spur transformation, says Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Regional Integration and Trade Division Director, Stephen Karingi. In remarks during the 6th PIDA Week, the ECA Director said given that Africa does not have the fiscal space […]

AfCFTA Secretary General commends Africa’s business leaders for supporting game-changing trade pact

AfCFTA Secretary General commends Africa’s business leaders for supporting game-changing trade pact

Addis Ababa, 20 January 2021, ECA — The Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Mr. Wamkele Mene, today praised business leaders on the continent for their support, saying this was crucial for the success of the trade agreement. At a ceremony organized by Africa’s business leaders in Cairo to light a […]

ECA Executive Secretary urges Africa’s private and public sectors to cooperate for success of AfCFTA

ECA Executive Secretary urges Africa’s private and public sectors to cooperate for success of AfCFTA

 1 January, 2021 Addis Ababa, 1 January 2021 (ECA) – For the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to deliver on its promises, the private and public sectors on the continent must work together, said the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Ms. Vera Songwe. At the virtual launch of trading on […]