Durban, October 2008 - The 18th session of the Conference of African Ministers of Industry (CAMI-18) will be organized under the theme: "Towards the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa – the Need for Local Value Addition and Transformation of Raw Materials."
The main objective of the Conference is to bring together African Ministers of Industry to examine, discuss, and adopt the strategy for the implementation of the Plan of Action, which was adopted during the Summit of Heads of State and Government in February 2008. In addition, the Conference will solicit the inputs and support from the private sector for the successful implementation of the strategy for the accelerated industrial development of Africa.
CAMI-18 is being organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and hosted by the Government of the Republic of South Africa.
The Conference will be attended by the African Ministers of Industry, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), partner organizations, African Investment Houses, the Union of African Chamber of Commerce, African Development Banks, and Regional Chambers of Commerce.
Given the wide interest that the issue of development of Africa has generated among partners and stakeholders, the UNIDO-Africa Investor CEO Forum, a Forum involving Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of African and multinational Companies operating in Africa, will be organized in Durban in parallel with CAMI-18. The overall objective of the Forum is to provide a platform for dialogue on policy issues surrounding industrial development in Africa.
The 4th AfrIPANet Meeting, another event related to the Conference of African Ministers of Industry (CAMI), is being held on 24-25 October 2008. The objectives of the AfrIPANet meeting are to discuss various issues affecting the investment promotion and industrialization process in the Africa region and to mainstream the conclusions and findings into the deliberations of the CAMI Meeting.
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