World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa to meet in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA, 19 March 2015,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The last week of March 2015 will see a flurry of activities in the diplomatic capital of Africa, Addis Ababa as discussions focus on the continent's financial and economic development. To these consultations, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Africa will contribute with ideas on accelerating Africa's economic growth.

As the Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development come to an end, a group of Africa's leading experts from business; academia; government; civil society and international organisations forming the Global Agenda Council will meet to discuss the best way they can advance policies and plans geared towards Africa's development.

Chairing the Council are the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr. Carlos Lopes and the Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Africa Group, Ms. Maria Ramos, who expect Council members to present concepts and ideas on cooperation between the public and the private sectors. The Council was established to advance knowledge and jointly explore critical issues shaping the global, industry and regional agendas.

The closed session meeting gives the Council an opportunity to reinforce its commitment to align its overall support to the African Agenda as promoted by the key regional pan- African organisations. The Council's ideas and activities complement the Post 2015 Common African Position as well as the African Union Agenda 2063.

The Global Agenda Council on Africa is 1 of 80 of the World Economic Forum's networks mandated to provide leadership to create a public- private cooperation framework to fast track Africa's economic transformation and inclusive growth.

All Global Agenda Councils have a common goal to advance knowledge and jointly explore critical issues shaping the global, industry and regional agendas.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of the ECA and the AUC.

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