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Africans need more African goods and more African jobs. And so does the world: a strong and prosperous continent is an essential actor of the sustainable global economy we are aiming to build. African firms are in the spotlight: big and small –more often small—only they can deliver those goods and jobs. But they will only succeed if given the space to grow, innovate and conquer markets, starting with their own. Governments have made it a priority to create an “enabling environment”, a favourable ecosystem for African business. And partners in OECD and emerging economies have pledged to help, not least by investing in the continent’s undersized infrastructures. How much have they achieved? How much remains to be done? The 2019 edition of the Forum will invite the various actors to share their views.
The International Economic Forum on Africa hosts Europe’s largest annual conversation on Africa’s ongoing, formidable transformation. It invites African and OECD policy makers, investors, academics, civil society and international organisations to share their views, and discuss how better policies can improve development outcomes for Africans and the world.
This year, for the first time, the Forum was held in Madrid. The Government of Spain, who recently reaffirmed the priority given to the continent by launching its Africa Plan III, teamed up with the OECD Development Centre and the African Union, along with partners Casa Africa, Casa Árabe, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the French Development Agency (AFD) to host it.
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