North Africa’s 34th ICSOE to focus on trade facilitation, employment issues

Aswan, November 15th, 2019 (ECA): The Economic Commission for Africa will hold, in partnership with the Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administration Reform of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the 34th Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) for North Africa, on 25-28 November 2019 in Aswan (Egypt).

This 2019 edition of the ICSOE, previously known as the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE), will take place under the theme: “The African Continental Free Trade Area and employment: impact for North Africa of enhanced trade facilitation and regional integration”.

This event will include an ad-hoc expert group meeting on 25-28 November, on: “Trade Facilitation in North Africa for Enhanced Regional Economic Integration: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward”.

A statutory body of the ECA Office in North Africa, the ICSOE is an annual meeting of member country representatives and high-level experts from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia, and development partners in North Africa including the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) and representatives of UN, intergovernmental and civil society organizations, as well as academics.

Participants will discuss topics related to the economic context in North Africa, discuss regional integration and job creation issues, and define ECA’s strategic orientations in the sub-region.

The meeting recommendations will be presented at the ECA 53rd Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development on 18-24 March 2020.


Date: 25-28 November 2019

Place: Aswan, Egypt

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Communication Team
Economic Commission for Africa
Office for North Africa
Tel: +212 (0) 537 548 749