Addis Ababa to Host Continental Development Forum

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The 10th African Development Forum (ADF) will be held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa from 15th to 17th November 2016.

The ADF is a flagship biennial event of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) that offers a multi-stakeholder platform to debate, discuss and propose concrete strategies for the continent’s development.

It will bring together African Heads of State and Government; policy makers of African member states; development partners; United Nations (UN) agencies; academics; civil society organizations; the private sector; and policy and opinion leaders to analyse issues, review progress, discuss policy options, strengthen partnerships and explore consensus on divising suitable strategies for making migration work for Africa’s transformation.

It is convened in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The 2016 ADF will be under the theme “Migration and Africa’s Transformation”.

“The theme stems from the recognition of the central role of migration as an important enabler for inclusive and sustainable development as we seek to raise awareness and deepen understanding of the role of international migration in promoting inclusive growth and transformation in Africa,” ECA’s Chief Economist and Deputy Executive Secretary, Abdalla Hamdok said.

International migration plays a critical role in the continent’s endeavour to develop and improve welfare, peace and stability and provide jobs for Africa’s growing population.

Migration continues to shape dynamics across countries especially amongst the youth, mostly migrating for jobs and education.

The forum will help African policy makers explore ways in which the continent can leverage its youth bulge or demographic dividend for future growth and prosperity in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda that ‘no-one is left behind’ in Africa’s transformation, Hamdok added.

The ADF will focus on all migration-related issues, in particular fostering mobility in Africa; demographic dividend and migration; skills; employment creation; leveraging financial resources of Africa’s Diaspora for development; and new directions and trends in African migration.

Parallel events will take place between 13th and 14th November 2016.

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