The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) is a unique platform designed to expand the flow of ideas between thinkers, practitioners and policy-makers within the field of international development.
The ABCDE 2005 is co-organized by the World Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Development Co-operation and the Ministry of Finance of The Netherlands.
OECD Development Centre is organising a regional sessionon "Focus on Africa" on Monday 23rd of May, 17.00 - 18.30.
Organizer: OECD Development Centre
Chair (5 min):
Helmut REISEN, OECD Development Centre
Speakers (15 min each):
Nick AMIN, Commission for Africa Secretariat, United Kingdom
Lucia WEGNER, OECD Development Centre
Discussants (10 min each):
Yusuf DODIA, Private Sector Development Association, Zambia,
Leo DE HAAN, African Studies Center Leiden, The Netherlands
Floor discussion (35 min)
Description of Session
2004 has been a good year for Africa and prospects for growth are more favorable than they have been for years. The forthcoming G8 Summit and renewed commitments of donors to scale up their aid are adding to the positive momentum. How can this be turned into sustained strong development, reduced poverty and progress on the MDGs?
The Regional Session on Africa will open with a presentation of the Commission for Africa Report, which contains a package of measures to boost growth and fight poverty, including improving governance, creating a better investment climate, investing in infrastructure and ensuring the participation of a broad range of stakeholders.
This will be followed by an introduction to the recently launched 2004/05 African Economic Outlook, covering short-term economic perspectives and a closer look at regional and national approaches to reducing Africa's vulnerability to shocks. As such approaches include the creation of favourable conditions for indigenous drivers of economic activity - especially a thriving local private sector - the Session will also discuss how policy makers might to boost private sector development and lift legal and financial constraints to capital accumulation
For more information on ABCDE Amsterdam 2005 and for full conference program please see: www.worldbank.org/abcde-amsterdam
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