UCLG Africa will participate to the 16th International Economic Forum on Africa

The OECD Development Centre, the African Union Commission and the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club organize the 16th edition of International Economic Forum on Africa on 29 September 2016, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.

The theme for this edition is “African Cities for Africa’s Development”. It will be the occasion to “discuss the opportunities and challenges of the urbanisation process in Africa, looking into how to address informality in urban areas, the role of cities as drivers of economic transformation, and innovative ways to provide adequate and predictable financing for local governments and municipalities”, said the organizers.

UCLG Africa will participate in this meeting, which will see its General Secretary, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, deliver a speech at the opening session, which will be under the theme: “Cities as an engine of Africa’s sustainable development». During this session, two other speeches will be given by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, President of the African Union Commission and H.E. Marcel Alain de Souza, President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States.

Three other sessions to the program carried on:

– Urbanisation: an engine of transformation for Africa?

– African cities for all citizens

– Looking ahead: what will it take to finance African cities for the coming millions?

The Africa Forum is the annual gathering where OECD officials and African policy makers, private sector, academia and civil society leaders weigh the continent’s approaches to face the present and the challenges that lie ahead. The debates will benefit from the conclusions of the African Economic Outlook 2016 report, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The complete agenda of the forum with concept notes of different sessions is available here.