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Rwanda to host 7th African Economic Conference

The seventh annual African Economic Conference will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 30 October to 2 November, 2012, under the theme “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty, organizers said in a press statement here Thursday.

The conference will be organized jointly by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

They said this year’s conference will bring together top policy makers, including several former heads of state, leading researchers and experienced development practitioners from Africa and around the world to discuss critical issues in African development.

The conference will also provide a unique forum for in-depth presentations of policy-oriented research by both established academics and emerging talents from the continent.

According to the statement, the conference will be opened by the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame; Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UNDP; Donald Kaberuka, President of the AfDB, and Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the ECA.

Some of the topics to be discussed are related to inclusive growth, climate change and youth employment, economic development in Africa during and beyond the global crisis.

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