Conference on the Emergence of Africa: the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and Key stakeholders discuss the 2017 edition's agenda

Feb 6, 2017

Ambassadors and Heads of Mission accredited to Côte d'Ivoire mobilized for the success of the 2nd edition of the International Conference on the Emergence of Africa.

As part of the preparations for the 2nd International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) to be held from 28 to 30 March 2017 in Abidjan, the Minister of Planning and Development, Mrs. Kaba Nialé, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Babacar Cissé, met with Ambassadors and Heads of Mission accredited to Côte d'Ivoire.

As with the 1st edition in 2015, this meeting of information and discussion was an opportunity to present the challenges, key objectives and main themes of the 2nd edition of the International Conference on Emergence of Africa to the Ambassadors and Heads of Mission and seek their support for the mobilization and participation of their countries’ delegations and organizations in the work of the conference.

In her address, the Minister of Planning and Development presented the broad outlines of the 2ndedition of the ICEA, with particular emphasis on the studies to be presented by UNDP, the World Bank and the African Development Bank on the lessons learned from the processes of emergence, the governance of public institutions and the inclusive and sustainable structural transformation. In addition to these main themes, thirteen case studies based on the experiences of African countries will support the debates during the panel sessions.

Recalling the conceptual organizational framework of the ICEA, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative stated that: "The processes of structural, inclusive and sustainable transformation of African countries are supported by international institutions, such as the World Bank, the AfDB and the UNDP. Hence, the important role the International Conference on the Emergence of Africa plays in backing up this dynamic and developing an African capacity to manage such processes and follow them up in an integrated and multidimensional manner". He presented the status of implementation of the recommendations of the 1st edition and the innovations made for the 2017 ICEA.

The World Bank, the AfDB, who are the organizational partners of this event, have reasserted their commitment to focus their interventions in Africa on more inclusion in the redistribution of wealth and the creation of sustainable jobs through this type of forum,

The discussions resulted in the diplomats recommending that more voice be given to civil society organizations, so that they can play a key role during the debates on the emergence of Africa and that culture be taken into account as a foundation for a better ownership of national plans by the people.

The Ambassadors and Heads of Mission, through the Apostolic Nuncio, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, expressed their interest in the organization of the conference and committed themselves to facilitating the effective participation of their countries and organizations.

The Conference will bring together Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and personalities from leading National Institutions, Academic Research Centers, the private sector, civil society organizations, as well as regional and international development institutions. Approximately two hundred (200) international experts from Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, and two hundred (200) national participants are expected.

 

Contact information

For more information, please contact Youssouf Diarra (youssouf.diarra@undp.org) in Abidjan.