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High-Level Policy Dialogue on “Achieving productive transformation in Africa”


High-Level Policy Dialogue on “Achieving productive transformation in Africa”

Yokohama (Japan), Thursday 29 August 2019 – 18:00 local time

Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7)

Pacifico Yokohama, Exhibition Hall B, Room B03


The African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre will hold a joint high-level policy dialogue in Yokohama to discuss how to accelerate the shift in Africa’s production structure. The event will be held on the occasion of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development in light of the forthcoming publication of the report Africa’s Development Dynamics 2019: Achieving productive transformation, in Addis Ababa later this year.

What are the major economic and social trends in Africa? What is Africa’s role in globalisation?  Which public policies can help transform Africa’s production systems? This second edition of Africa’s Development Dynamics (AfDD) will propose decisive actions to help firms transform their production structure, and harness important opportunities such as the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area Africa (AfCFTA). The report will also include a chapter for each African region – Central, East, North, Southern and West Africa.

Drawing on the most recent available statistics, this analysis aims to help African leaders reach the targets of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 at the continental, regional, and national levels. This volume feeds into a policy debate between African Union’s nations, citizens, entrepreneurs and researchers. It aims to be part of a renewed international co-operation between countries and regions focused on mutual learning and the preservation of common goods in a spirit of partnership among equals.

This report is the result of a partnership between the African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre. Each year, they also organise together the International Economic Forum on Africa and publish the Revenue Statistics in Africa report. This edition of AfDD is co-funded by the European Union.


The High-Level Policy Dialogue will feature the following speakers:

  • H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, President, Republic of Togo
  • H.E. Prof Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, AUC
  • H.E. Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO, AUDA-NEPAD
  • Mr Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
  • H.E. Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission
  • Mr Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development


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