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African Development Forum VIII to have strong natural resources focus

The African Development Forum, an ECA flagship biennial event created in 1999 is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa’s development. It is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), African Development Bank (AfDB), and other key partners to establish an African-driven development agenda that reflects consensus and leads to specific programmes for implementation.

The Forum brings together a large number of participants including Heads of State and Government, African member States policy makers, development partners, other UN agencies, IGOs/NGOs, the academia, practitioners, CSOs, the private sector, eminent policy and opinion leaders, and other concerned stakeholders.

The theme of the ADF VIII is “Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development”. The event will take place from 23-25 October 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme has been chosen in light of Africa’s abundant natural resources which are yet to contribute to its broad based development. In many parts of the continent, poverty prevails and co-exists with this natural resources wealth. Against this paradox, the Forum will underscore the importance of natural resources in the broader social and economic development processes in Africa. It will focus on mineral, land, timber and fishery resources and the potential role they can play in fostering growth and structural economic transformation on the continent. More specifically, the Forum will review the following key aspects of natural resources management and development:

  1. Knowledge base, human and institutional capacities
  2. Policy, legal and regulatory issues
  3. Economic issues (taxation, investment, benefits, linkages and value creation)
  4. Governance, human rights and social issues
  5. Participation and ownership
  6. Environmental, material stewardship and climate change


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