Preparations are ongoing for the forthcoming “17th Extraordinary Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government on Industrialization, Economic Diversification and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA),” The high-level event to be held between 20-25 in November in Niamey, Niger is co-organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), UNIDO, UNECA, AUDA NEPAD, AfroChampions and other partners.
Prior to this, a number of statutory meetings related to the AU Assembly will take place in early November including meetings of senior officials (3-4 November) and Ministers (7 November) in charge of industrialization, Economic Diversification and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
A decision or endorsement on the need for a renewed continental industrialization Framework, considering new developments on the continent as well as the global developments and challenges (COVID 19, 4IR etc.) is likely to emerge from the deliberations.
UNIDO is organizing side events during the event on various themes including: Common African AgroParks; Evidence based Industrial Policy; Pharmaceuticals; Digitization and Artificial Intelligence; Small and Medium-scale Enterprises--Competitiveness and market access; Special Economic Zones; Green Hydrogen Value chains; South-South Cooperation; Bamboo value chains; Agro Industrial clusters, among others.
Recognizing the crucial importance of Africa’s industrial development, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution A/RES/70/293 in 2016 declaring the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III), and tasked UNIDO with leading the initiative with a range of partners.
The full programme of the event as well as the links to partake in the events will be updated at UNIDO’s dedicated event page.
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African Union’s event website