The key objectives of the African Economic Conference series are to:

  • promote knowledge management as an important driver of policy dialogue, good policy planning and implementation;
  • foster dialogue that promotes the exchange of ideas and innovative thinking among researchers, development practitioners and African policymakers;
  • encourage and enhance research on economic and policy issues related to the development of African economies;
  • provide an opportunity for young African researchers, Africans in the Diaspora, regional and sub-regional organizations to disseminate their research findings as well as share information with African policymakers on the work they do in the region

AEC 2014 will explore Africa’s existing skills, technology and innovation capacities against the needs required to realise Africa’s transformation agenda and debate practical policies and strategies that can rapidly eliminate existing deficits and grow capacities across all sectors of the economy. The Conference will comprise a number of plenary and break-out sessions that will feature presentations and discussions by prominent academics, policy makers, business actors and opinion leaders, as well as representatives from development partner organisations.