About the office

The ECA Office for North Africa is located in Rabat, Morocco, and serves seven member states: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia.

The mission of the Office is to strengthen the capacity of member states to formulate evidence-based plans and policies in support of economic and social transformation in North Africa. The Office also facilitates networking and information exchange among development actors in North Africa and provides a link between these actors and ECA, thereby helping disseminate ECA's policy recommendations and technical publications.

Priority areas of the Bureau are: the analysis of economic and social development as well as regional integration dynamics, social development with focus on gender and youth issues, sustainable development with particular attention to sustainable management of natural resources, climate change impact and food security, technology, innovation and knowledge management.

To serve its member states, the Office works in close partnership with the Governments and in particular the National Statistics Offices (NSOs), regional institutions, Civil Society organizations, the private sector, the academia, the media …

The statutory decision-making body of the Office is the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE).

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts Mission

The seven Member States of the sub region compose the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE). They meet annually to deliberate on selected key issues for their economic and social development. The ICE supervises and monitors the implementation of the work programme of the Office. For an inclusive purpose, representatives from Civil Society organizations, the private sector, the academia, the media, as well as partner institutions are invited to the ICE meetings.

At each ICE meeting, Government representatives adopt a report, which contains the deliberations of the meeting and its recommendations and submit it to the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for consideration and adoption.

Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE)