The specific objectives of the African Economic Conference (AEC) are:
- To promote knowledge management as an important driver of policy dialogue, good policy planning and implementation;
- To foster and promote innovative thinking among researchers, development; practitioners and African policymakers;
- To encourage and enhance research on economic and policy issues related to the development of African economies;
- To provide an opportunity for Africans in the Diaspora, and in regional and sub-regional organizations to send out their research findings as well as share information with African policy makers on the work they do in the region.
With these objectives, and as have been demonstrated during the past six annual Conferences, the AEC has become a major forum that brings together leading academics and development practitioners from across the globe towards fostering dialogue and exchange of knowledge that contributes to the search for solutions to the development challenges of Africa.