Addis Ababa, 19 October 2016 (ECA) – The Economic Commission for Africa has announced the postponement of the Tenth African Development Forum to 2017.
The organizing committee has indicated that one of the strategic objectives of the Tenth African Development Forum is to formally launch an African High Level Panel on Migration to galvanize action on the role of international migration as a vehicle for inclusive growth and transformation in Africa. This objective is derived from Resolution ECA-L3 adopted at the AUC/ECA Conference of the African Ministers of Finance, Economic Development and Planning.
In this regard, a consultative process is underway to identify members of the Panel. In addition, both the AUC and the ECA are undergoing a transition that will be marked by a change in leadership. Considering the need to finalise the consultative process, bearing in mind the institutional leadership changes underway, this postponement will ensure that the outcomes of the ADF as a multi-stakeholder platform, feed meaningfully into the work of the High Level Panel, once it is established in 2017. The new dates will be announced in due course.
The African Development Forum is a flagship biennial event of the Economic Commission for Africa that offers a multi-stakeholder platform to debate, discuss and propose concrete strategies for Africa’s development. The Forum is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and other key partners to establish an African-driven development agenda that reflects consensus on African development matters. The findings of current research and opinions on key development issues are submitted to major development stakeholders at the Forum, to enable them to devise shared goals, priorities and programmes, and determine the environment in which they will be implemented.