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TICAD: AU, EU and OECD discuss productive transformation in Africa

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In the margins of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), the African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre held a joint high-level policy dialogue on 29 August to discuss how to accelerate the shift in Africa’s production structure.

The event promoted the forthcoming publication later this year of the report Africa’s Development Dynamics 2019: “Achieving productive transformation”. This second edition, co-funded by the European Union, proposes actions to help firms harness important opportunities such as the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area Africa (AfCFTA).

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica attended the panel and highlighted how the Africa-Europe Alliance can participate to the productive transformation of Africa.

What are the major economic and social trends in Africa? What is Africa’s role in globalisation?  Which public policies can help transform Africa’s production systems? Drawing on the most recent available statistics, the report aims to help African leaders reach the targets of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 at the continental, regional, and national levels.

The High-Level Policy Dialogue featured Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission; H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Republic of Togo; H.E. Prof Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, AUC; Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development; H.E. Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO, AUDA-NEPAD; H.E. Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission.