Held under the high patronage of the Prime Minister of Tunisia, this conference is jointly organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the OECD Development Centre, with the participation of the OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurría. It will take place on Monday 16 July 2012 in Tunis, Tunisia.
The conference will focus on the findings and recommendations of the 2012 edition of the African Economic Outlook for North Africa and feature a debate on their policy implications for upcoming post-Arab revolution years. It will be a unique opportunity to set the stage for accelerated progress on human development for the region. It will focus on learning through South-South exchanges, and showcasing innovations from North Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Main topics will include: macroeconomic prospects in North Africa; economic diversification and youth employment; bridging the skills gaps; and international cooperation.
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About the African Economic Outlook
It is published annually by the AfDB, the OECD Development Centre, the UNDP and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. This year, its special theme is Promoting Youth Employment. The report paints a comprehensive picture of youth in African labour markets and highlights several facts, including fast but largely jobless growth patterns on the continent: with the youngest population in the world –200 million youths aged between 15 and 24– and improved levels of education, Africa faces the challenge of a youth bulge.