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From ideas to actions for a better Africa

Under the revised framework, the Commission plans to actively engage the private sector as a key partner for Africa’s development. To accelerate growth and achieve the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, Africa needs to increase its productivity, leverage more financing and support innovation. The private sector can help deliver on this. ECA will, therefore, deepen its collaboration with the private sector to help improve the overall private sector enabling environment. In addition to ongoing activities, the Commission will also work with member States in both the normative and practical aspects of State-building through robust governance systems, which should include focusing on conflict and post-conflict countries with the aim of building their resilience and thereby preventing further crises, as well as attacking issues of poverty and inequality.

ECA’s thematic areas of focus:

  • Macroeconomic policy and governance
  • Regional Integration and Trade
  • Private sector development and finance
  • Data and statistics
  • Technology, climate change, and natural resource management
  • Gender, Poverty and Social Policy
  • Economic development and planning


The five subregional offices (SROs) of the Commission will, in addition to supporting implementation of the five strategic directions through the subprogrammes, also specialize in selected thematic areas to ensure a more effective approach to member State support at the subregional level. The capacity and resources of the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) will be strengthened in order to provide the necessary training and policy support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 by member States. The areas of specialization identified for SROs are:

  • SRO-NA: Employment skills and balanced development
  • SRO-WA: Demographic dynamics for development
  • SRO-CA: Economic diversification policy and reforms
  • SRO-EA: Deepening regional integration– towards the implementation of AfCFTA
  • SRO-SA: Inclusive industrialization