New York Launch of the Economic Report on Africa 2014

WHAT: The Economic Commission for Africa in collaboration with the Office of the Special Advisor on Africa and the Department of Public Information will host, in New York, a launch of the 2014 Economic Report on Africa on the theme: “Dynamic

Industrial Policy in Africa - Innovative Institutions, Effective Processes and Flexible Mechanisms”


WHEN: Friday 11 April 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm.


WHO:  H.E. Ambassador Téte António,
Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations

Mr. Carlos Lopes, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.

Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Africa.

Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.


WHERE: Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Secretariat Building, New York

Background Information

The Economic Report on Africa is the yearly flagship publication of the African Union Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The Economic Report on Africa 2014 uses 11 country case studies to assess the critical ingredients for spurring Africa’s industrialization – innovative institutions, effective processes and flexible mechanisms – and structural transformation. The report argues that successful industrial policy frameworks embody a dynamic and organic process that facilitates constant dialogue and strategic collaboration between governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders; high-level coordination and political support; embedded autonomy; regulatory effectiveness; and pockets of efficiency.

In addition to the featured speakers, representatives of the UN Member States, UN agencies and Departments, NGOs, academia, will participate in an interactive debate following the main presentations.

For more information:

François Charlier, Email: charlier@un.orgTel: 1 212 963 0359

Office of the Special Adviser on Africa.

Kingsley Ighobor, Email: ighobor@un.orgTel: +19173674802

Department of Public Information.

Chigozirim Bodart:

Media inquiries in Addis Ababa: