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DevTalks: Road to regional integration: what are the drivers and constraints?



 Friday, 4th December 2020, 14.00 – 16.30 CET

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Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Development, and Laurent Bossard, Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat are pleased to invite you to a discussion on:

Road to regional integration: what are the drivers and constraints?


Anita Prakash, Director for Policy Relations, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)

Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Diene Keita, Deputy Executive Director, Programme of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and former Minister for Cooperation and African Integration, Republic of Guinea

Moderated by Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre.


Successful regional responses to COVID-19 have confirmed the benefits of regional co-operation, with responses from platforms like the African Union, CARICOM in the Caribbean region, the European Union and CAREC in Central Asia. At the same time, the crisis has revealed the gaps and needs for stronger regional co-operation and integration, an obvious example being the need for better regional health co-operation. The pandemic has also underscored the importance of knowledge and information exchange in handling such a crisis. In this DEV Talk, our speakers delve into the following questions: can regional platforms help accelerate the achievement of global development objectives, bridging the gap between global and local development? And can regional co-operation facilitate the provision (and protection) of public goods?


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