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ACBF-ECA to hold a panel discussion at the Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa

09 May, 2018

Harare, 9 May, 2018: The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF),together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will hold a panel discussion on capacity imperatives and training systems needed for countries to implement the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), on the sidelines of the Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa. The panel discussion will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre’s Room 6 on Sunday 13 May between 1400hrs and 1530hrs.

The AfCFTA launched on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, opened the path to a regional, common market which can help increase intra African trade from 16 % presently to more than 52% by 2022. To achieve this ambitious goal, member countries will need to negotiate continental rules in areas such as competition, investment or intellectual property.

African countries will therefore need to build the kind of know-hows that will enable them to benefit as much as possible from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and help ensure this new entity becomes fully operational.

This panel discussion is aimed at policy makers, investors, civil society, private sector, national and regional planners as well as Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Industry officials. The main objective of the panel discussion is for participants to assess capacity imperatives for ratification and implementation of the AfCFTA and to build a common understanding of capacity development options and opportunities for capacity development partnerships.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana