Location – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date – 18-24 March 2020
Attendees – 1000+
Client – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
The fifty-third session of the Conference of Ministers will feature deliberations on digitisation and its impacts, including the challenges and the means through which it is forcing a character makeover of the technology industry. The focus will be on how digitisation is opening up opportunities in agriculture, services and clean energy, and how these can help spur the processes of industrialisation and diversification, while providing options for adapting to climate change, including methods to ensure resilience. The discussions will highlight Africa’s endowment of clean energy potential, and the risks of expensive environmental damage.
Sustainability must be recognised and affirmed as central to sustainable development – African development strategies in this changing world must account for a sustainable blue economy, green growth and smart cities.
The upcoming Conference of Ministers presents a call for action, and a chance for us all to take an active part in ensuring that Africa prepares adequately for the world ahead.