African Economic Conference 2012
Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa in an Age of Economic Uncertainty
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 to Friday, November 2, 2012
Kigali, Rwanda

Africa’s economic growth has not created enough jobs for youth, Experts say
Kigali, Rwanda, 1 November 2012  – Experts meeting at the Kigali African Economic Conference called on African policy makers to improve productivity and youth job creation to respond to the high unemployment rate amongst Africa’s almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 who are either unemployed, underemployed or in informal jobs with low productivity.

Intra-African trade restrictions impact regional trade cooperation, Report says
Kigali ,  Rwanda, 1 November 2012  – Countries should correct systemic restrictions on the length of intra-African export relationships in order to deepen regional trade cooperation among African countries, says a paper presented today at the African Economic Conference which opened in Kigali on Tuesday.

Expert says larger countries attract more FDI and suggests policy options for Africa
Kigali,  Rwanda, 1 November 2012  –   A key document circulated at the 7th African Economic Conference in Kigali explains how larger African countries tend to attract more foreign direct investments (FDI) than the smaller ones and says why political stability and high returns on investments are also key determinants.

Regional integration can boost FDI, experts at AEC say
Kigali ,  Rwanda, 31 October 2012  –  Experts at the ongoing African Economic Conference in Kigali today agreed that Africa would need to strengthen regional integration in order to boost increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on the continent, because it creates larger domestic markets and stimulates trade, two elements that can attract FDI.

Foreign aid-dependency comes under scrutiny at Kigali African Economic Conference
Kigali, 31 October 2012 - The issue of foreign aid dependency by African countries came under heavy scrutiny on the second day of the 7th African Economic Conference which opened in Kigali, Rwanda Tuesday, as expert sparred over whether and how it should be scrapped.

Kagame opens African Economic Conference, calls for models that respond to local needs
Kigali, Rwanda, 30 October 2012 – Rwandese leader, President Paul Kagame today in Kigali  opened the 7th African Economic Conference , calling it an opportunity for leading African economists to look beyond purely economic factors for solutions to Africa’s developmental problems.

Rwandan President Tasks Economic Experts with“Learning lessons from the past”
Kigali, 30 October 2012  – Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday, October 30, urged a group of senior African economic experts, researchers and policy-makers gathered in Kigali to think outside the box and come up with new ideas for an economic model that responds to the needs of the African people.

Interview with John Rwangombwa, Rwanda’s Finance and Economic Planning Minister
“If Rwanda, a small, land-locked country with few resources, can achieve this growth, Africa as a whole can achieve double-digit growth if we do few things the right way.” — Rwanda’s Finance and Economic Planning Minister, John Rwangombwa

OCEANS: ECA introduces model to advance policy and economic planning in Africa

Africa Development Institute Kicks Off AEC with Event Focusing on AfDB Networking with Think Tank