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The ninth African Development Forum (ADF-9) will be held in the Morocco from 12 to 16 October 2014 on the theme: “Innovative Financing for Africa’s Transformation”. The Forum will offer a platform for prominent African stakeholders to share key information and participate in more focused and in-depth discussions on issues relating to innovative financing mechanisms in the following four thematic areas:
ADF-9 seeks to enhance Africa’s capacity in exploring innovative financing mechanisms as the actual alternatives for financing transformative development in Africa. It will aim to forge linkages between the importance of mainstreaming resources mobilization and the reduction of trade barriers into economic, institutional and policy frameworks on the one hand and advancing the post-2015 development goals on the other.
The Forum will build on best practices, innovative policies and strategies, institutional and governance frameworks. It will also aim to be guided by evidence-based knowledge and information on the range of options and their scope to leverage opportunities for financing the sustainable development of Africa.
ADF is a flagship biennial event of the Economic Commission for Africa, which offers a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa’s development. ADF is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other key partners to establish an African-driven development agenda that reflects consensus and leads to specific programmes for implementation.
The thematic focus of the Forum is expected to attract an average of 700 participants from all walks of life: eminent persons, heads of State and Government, African member States, Regional economic communities, private sector, academia, science and technology community, civil society organizations, African diaspora, United Nations partners, bilateral organizations/partners, international and regional financial institutions and South-South cooperation organizations.