Africa Industrialisation Week 2020

Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialisation in the AfCFTA Era

16 - 20 November 2020


The main objective of the AIW 2020 is to bring together various stakeholders involved in Industrialization on the continent. The goal is to raise awareness of the strides made to industrialize Africa and to highlight the various activities being implemented, as well as the challenges faced in the efforts to advance structural transformation in Africa. The event will also provide an opportunity to share best practices from other parts of the globe that have made advances in their industrialization drives, including the development of start-ups.

Specifically, the AIW 2020 seeks:

  • To reinforce the industry-trade nexus in the context of the business opportunities presented by the AfCFTA
  • To build up the momentum ahead of the planned AU Summit on Africa Industrialization and Economic Diversification in 2021
  • Reinforce the development of regional industrial value chains towards the creation of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for MSMEs, youth and women
  • Provide high-level political support to drive a globally competitive Africa-industrialization programme through public-private alliances at the national, regional and continental level, and aligned global policy coherence, coordination and linkages, investment financing
  • To showcase the advances made in Africa’s industrialization and best practices from the continent, creating a platform for knowledge exchange
  • To promote the implementation of AU continental frameworks such as: the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA); the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), the SME Strategy; the Boosting Intra-African Trade strategy (BIAT); the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN General Assembly's Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) in the context of Agenda 2063

UNIDO Engagement 

  • 09:00 – 10:00 (CET) OPENING CEREMONY 


    13:00 – 14:00 (CET) Benchmarking Africa's Industrialisation - Achieving SDG9 with enhancement of industrial capabilities


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    10:15 – 12:15 (CET) Integrated Agro-Industrial Park (IAIPs) 


    13:00 – 15:00 (CET) Building food safety capacities for the successful implementation of AfCFTA


    15:15 – 17:15 (CET) Catalysing increased investments into  industrialisation -Towards sustainable and innovative financing

  • 5

    08:00 – 10:00 (CET) Making the 4IR work for Africa


    10:15 – 12:15 (CET) AgroValue chain development in Africa for job creation and to supply the AfCFTA 


    13:00 – 15:00 (CET) The Future of Employment for Young Women and Men in Africa: Accelerating Job Creation in Agriculture and Agribusiness in the post COVID-19 crisis setting

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  • 808:00 – 10:00 (CET) Green Recovery: Renewable Energy and Circular Economy


    11:30 – 13:30 (CET) Partnerships Coordination towards sustainable and equitable Industrialisation

    This session is intended to address the following issues:

    1. Rally multi-stakeholder engagement:
    • What are the key lessons learned from previous multi-stakeholder engagement to promote industrialization in Africa;
    • What are the best practices for effective, successful and resilient partnership and alliances;
    • What is the way forward to rally multi-stakeholder and coordinated actions at all levels; national, regional, continental, and finally international.
    • Does Africa need to launch a new initiative to meet this target, or it can get benefit from an existing one?

    2. Public- private partnership in industrialization in Africa:
    • What is the current status of public- private partnership active in industrialization in Africa;
    • What are the main challenges to substantively rally public- private
    partnership in Africa, particularly when it comes to international private sector?
    • How can the multilateral system and international cooperation be strengthened through private sector engagement /investment

    3. Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting Framework:
    • How to establish an effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework for partnership and alliances in industrialization in Africa?
    • What is the recommended modality or format of the proposed framework?
    • Strengthening cooperation to allow knowledge and expertise sharing to inform an evidence-based framework. Including data & information

    4. Roles and responsibilities:
    • How could the various African Union organs, in particular AUDA-NEPAD, and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) further cement the ongoing efforts envisaging to establish successful partnerships in industrialization in Africa?
    • What is the role of Africa’s international partners in the regard, with a special focus on UNIDO and UNECA?
    • Where do the African private sector unions and organizations fit in, with a special focus on Afro-Champion?
    • How can we boost Africa’s post-COVID19 industrial recovery and promote sustainable and equitable recovery pathways within the African context?


    12:15 – 13:45 (CET) Quality & Standards in the context of post-Covid recovery of African economies

    The UNIDO Brussels Office is organizing a webinar in the framework of the Africa Industrialisation Week 2020 (AIW), on “Inclusive and sustainable industrialisation in the AfCFTA and COVID-19 era”.

    In this framework, the objectives of UNIDO Brussels side event are to:

    • Follow up on the International QI Forum 2019
    • Contribute to the discussion in the framework of AIW 2020
    • Reflect on concrete proposals to advance the implementation of the AfCFTA in post-COVID times
    • Share examples of projects in the field of Quality Infrastructure and Standards
    • Advance the long-lasting and strategic partnership between UNIDO and organizations/institutions such as European Union, the African Union, OACPS, and others
    • Reaffirm our respective commitments to IDDAIII
  • 08:00 – 10:00 (CET) Africa’s Horizon from COVID-19: Business Opportunities to Build Back Better (UNIDO ITPO Japan)

    12:00 – 15:00 (CET) Celebration of Africa Industrialisation Day 2020 

    This year’s celebrations present a unique opportunity to consolidate the continent’s vision to build a self-resilient, self-reliant Africa, the Africa We Want, given remarkable political traction on regional economic integration, as confirmed by milestones this far on the trade front through fruition of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a liberal trading regime that will create an enlarged US$3 trillion market, with 1.27 billion consumers.

    Master of Ceremony:

    Prelude: Africa Industrialisation Footprint Video Teaser (4 min)


    • H.E. Amb. Albert Muchanga, Commissioner Trade & Industry


    • Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre
    • Prof. Benedict Oramah, President, African Export-Import Bank
    • Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
    • Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary UNECA
    • Mr. Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO
    • Mr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD
    • H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Patron of the AfroChampions Initiative




    • H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair, African Union Commission
    • H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou, president of the Republic of Niger and leader of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)


Find out more details about the Africa Industrialisation Week 2020 here.