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Journalists from across Africa briefed ahead of the ECA 2024 Conference of Ministers to be held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

12 February, 2024
Journalists from across Africa briefed ahead of the ECA 2024 Conference of Ministers to be held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 12 February 2024 (ECA) - Claver Gatete, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Zimbabwe Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion, Mthuli Ncube today briefed journalists from across Africa on the agenda and expectations of the upcoming ECA Conference of Ministers Finance, Planning and Economic Development (COM2024) to be held on 28 February -5 March 2024 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Mr. Gatete said the conference was timely, considering the impact of the multiple crises with on Africa, including the cascading impacts of climate change, the war on Ukraine in a post-covid era.

“The conference, which will tackle the theme, Financing the transition to inclusive green economies in Africa: imperatives, opportunities and policy options. will address the challenges most countries are facing and address critical questions on the global financial architecture reforms, the G20, the high debt servicing costs and opportunities found in the green and blue economy; as well as how technological innovations can help countries speed up implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063,”he said.

Alongside ministers of finance, experts from key financial institutions such as the World Bank, Afreximbank, African Development Bank and the private sector will be providing inputs on concessionary financing, tax reforms, capital markets, domestic resource mobilization, regulatory frameworks, power pools and carbon credits.

Mr. Mthuli Ncube reiterated that most African countries are increasingly struggling with high debt burdens, with some already in debt distress. The conference should therefore find solutions on how African countries can address these challenges.

“The conference of ministers will discuss how the continent can make its own contribution to the discussions on the G20, particularly on governance of financial institutions. In addition, experiences can be shared by Zimbabwe on carbon credits and opportunities for mineral beneficiation and value addition, particularly on ways in which these resources are benefiting communities”, he said, pointing out that Zimbabwe has a strong framework on community benefits in the area of its mineral resources.

“We expect the expects to come up with solutions on how Africa can address the never ending economic shocks, how well to implement the AfCFTA and reform the global financial architecture for the benefit of the continent,” said Ncube.

As host country, Zimbabwe will be able to showcase Victoria Falls, which is highly regarded as a world class tourist destination, and that also demonstrates infrastructure collaboration and regional integration.

COM 2024 will kick off with a meeting of the Committee of Experts on 28 February to 1 March; Side events will take place on 2-3 March and the Ministerial Segment will conclude the Conference on 4-5 March 2024 that will be officially opened by ECA Executive Secretary.

Also to be featured at the conference is the Annual Adebayo Adedeji Lecture, by one of Africa’s foremost experts on AI – James Manyika who will speak on the topic: Artificial intelligence as a driving force for the African economy and society. Furthermore, COM 2024 will see the launch of preliminary findings of the ECA Economic Report on Africa.

During the ministerial meeting there will be round table discussions on key sub themes: Global financial architecture reform; Addressing the intersection of debt, climate, and development in Africa; Technology for Africa’s development - Crafting a path to inclusive technological advancement; Green trade and Africa’s future; Navigating climate action, the African Continental Free Trade Area, and global supply chains for a sustainable transition.

Over 70 media attended the Press Conference, which was held in hybrid format.

About the Conference of Ministers:

Organized by the ECA annually, the Conference brings together African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, governors of central banks, and entities of the United Nations system. In addition, it will include the participation of pan-African financial institutions, youth representatives, African academic and research institutions, development partners, intergovernmental organizations and other key stakeholders on an annual basis to engage and exchange views on the state of economic and social developments in Africa. The theme of this year’s Conference of Ministers is consistent with the UN summit of the future conference to be held in September in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly.


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Economic Commission for Africa
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