Development Centre

High Level Dialogue with Africa – 21 May 2019


Road to TICAD7 in Yokohama and Africa’s Development Dynamics 2019


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The OECD Development Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Japan present a High-Level Dialogue with Africa. The meeting was held on 21 May 2019, at the OECD headquarters in Paris, the special event reflected on one of the key themes of the African Union Agenda 2063: promoting economic transformation in Africa. The event examined the roles of government and the private sector in enhancing connectivity through infrastructure.

Taking place in the sideline of the OECD Forum 2019 “A World in (E)motion” on digitalisation and globalisation, the Fifth High-Level Meeting of the Governing Board of the OECD Development Centre on Development for All: the Role of Domestic and International Policies and the OECD 2019 Ministerial Council Meeting on “Harnessing Digital Transition for Sustainable Development”, the High-Level Dialogue intended to inform the global debate leading to the 7th edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII) to be held in Yokohama on 28-30 August 2019.

Leaders from numerous international and regional organisations and high-level country representatives participated in both events. A strong participation from African officials, Paris-based and from the capital, was noticed.

Africa is currently on track to ratify and implement the Continental Free Trade Area. Boosting infrastructure development and connectivity, firms’ innovation and productivity are key to accelerate the continent’s economic transformation and unleash the full potential of regional integration. The High-Level Dialogue provided insights to nurture the policy debate between African policy makers and their global partners, notably with the member countries of the OECD and its Development Centre.

The DEV-Japan High-Level Dialogue with Africa benefited from the preliminary findings of the Africa’s Development Dynamics (AfDD) 2019 report that focuses on “Public Policies for Productive Transformation”. The report will examine the patterns of productive transformation in African countries and in its five regions.

The AfDD 2019 launch is planned at the African Union Extraordinary Summit to be hosted in July in Niamey, Niger.

Read OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría's speach at the opening the event.

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Conference Agenda

Tuesday, 21 May 2019


17:15 – 17:30

Opening Session


Welcoming remarks 

Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD 

Amb. Manuel Escudero, Permanent Representative of Spain and Chair of DEV Governing Board 

Opening Remarks

Daniel Kablan Duncan
, Vice-President of Ivory Coast 

17:30 – 18:45

Enabling Africa’s Economic Transformation: engaging public and private sector in enhancing connectivity


Panel discussion

Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda

Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador of Kenya to France, Kenya

Victoire Tomegah-Dogbé, Minister of Grassroots Development, Handicrafts, Youth and Youth Employment, Togo

Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, (United Nations Development Programme) UNDP

Felix Fernandez-Shaw, Director in DG International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), European Commission

Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice-President, (Japanese International Cooperation Agency) JICA

Bruno Mettling, President for Middle-East and Africa, Orange

Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development

Georja Calvin-Smith, Writer, TV News Presenter and Producer France 24 

18:45 – 19:00

Closing Session


Closing Remarks

Masahiko Kiya,
Ambassador for TICAD, Deputy-Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs 




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