About the Conference: The 2023 edition of the African Economic Conference, jointly organized by African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be held in Addis Ababa at the UN Conference Centre and in hybrid format from 16 – 18 November 2023.
Since its inception in 2006, the conference has fostered dialogue and the exchange of knowledge on a variety of issues and challenges that Africa has faced.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Imperatives for sustainable industrial development in Africa” and will provide a platform for established academics and young researchers to present their solution-oriented research to policymakers and decision-makers.
AEC 2023 – Quick Facts
- The African Economic Conference (AEC) is the leading pan-African forum for discussing emerging economic challenges and opportunities.
- The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) first organized the African Economic Conference in 2006 to enhance the development effectiveness of its operations and was duly joined by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2007.
- The AEC is currently jointly organized by the AfDB, ECA and UNDP.
- Past AECs have underlined the importance of adapting international policies, instruments and agreements and building local capacity of African States to address Africa's needs better.
- AEC 2023 will carry the theme: “The Imperative for Industrial Development in Africa: Challenges and Prospects”. This edition will be an opportunity for participants to think creatively to reflect on Africa’s experience with industrialization, the political will variously expressed at national, regional, and global levels, as well as the evidence of where it has been successful globally, but particularly on the African continent, to help accelerate towards the achievement of the SDGs and aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
- The AEC 2023 conference will provide a platform for established academics and young researchers to present their solution-oriented research to decision-makers on strengthening Africa’s response to climate change and its ripple effects.