About the Forum


The International Economic Forum on Africa - organised by the OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with the African Development Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the UN Development Programme, and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance - is the annual meeting of European and African policy-makers, economists and academics based in Europe and working on and with Africa. Every year, it gathers more than 500 participants (ministers and high-level representatives of the private sector, academia, and civil society organisations) to discuss the performance of African economies and the major challenges faced by the continent.

This year, the Forum will focus on African youth: training, employment and prospects for the future. This is the special theme of the African Economic Outlook 2012 report, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The 2012 Forum includes a full day of talks centred on three panels. The first will look at the role of the State and the private sector in promoting a job-creating growth strategy. The second will explore the opportunities and challenges of better trainings and skills for African youth to be adapted to the needs of the labour market. The last panel will focus on the benefits of using natural resources to create jobs and fostering development.