AFRICA: In December 2022, the African Economic Conference speeds up on climate

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AFRICA: In December 2022, the African Economic Conference speeds up on climate ©Uneca

"Supporting climate-responsive development in Africa" is the theme of the African Economic Conference (AEC) which opens on December 9, 2022 in northwest Mauritius. More than 400 personalities from various sectors will meet at this event organized since 2006 with the aim of boosting sustainable growth in Africa.

The coastal town of Balaclava has been chosen to host the proceedings of the African Economic Conference (AEC), which is being held in Mauritius from 9 to 11 December 2022. The event is jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the theme “Supporting Climate Change Sensitive Development in Africa”.

The conference will bring together climate researchers and specialists, the private sector, youth and policy makers from all 54 African countries. Over the course of three days, participants will examine the challenges posed by climate change on the continent to identify opportunities and strategies for building resilience, particularly in regions where natural disasters such as floods and droughts plague socio-economic development.

“Water supply and food production could be hampered by changing weather patterns. However, investments to build resilience to climate change could have greater economic and social benefits,” says Kennedy Mbekeani, the AfDB’s deputy managing director for southern Africa.

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According to the authorities of Mauritius, which is hosting the ACS 2022, it will also be an opportunity to forge partnerships between countries in order to provide multilateral support for national post-Covid-19 reconstruction policies, particularly in the areas of agriculture, tourism, water and energy. “Sustainable growth and inclusive development means a cleaner, greener and more climate-resilient economy,” says Renganaden Padayachy, Mauritius’ Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

For more information on the event, click here.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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