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African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration Project

  • Project Name:
    African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration Project
    Institution :
    Africa Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration Project (AIPA)
    • Core Competence:
      Economic Policy Analysis and Management
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Republic of South Africa
    Status :
    Closed
    Phase :
    I
    Grant Number :
    2
    Grant Amount (USD):
    150 000
    Commitment Date:
    1992
    Closing Date:
    1993
    Phase :
    II
    Grant Number:
    19
    Grant Amount (USD):
    3 300 000
    Commitment Date:
    1994
    Closing Date:
    1999
    Introduction:

    AIPA was established to address the urgent need to integrate back South Africans into the mainstream of the formal sector of the economy of post-apartheid South Africa. 

    Project Description:

    The project was focused on APIA undertaking research aimed at influencing policies to facilitate integration of black South Africans into the economy, and advance the training of black South Africans into the economy and advance training to enable them to effectively participate in the economy.  AIPA also sought for regional economic integration. The research was in seven priority areas, namely, macroeconomic research, labour market skills and skills development, development of black entrepreneurship, black empowerment in agriculture, urbanization and black integration in the urban economy, industrial manufacturing and mining and regional development. Other project components included a training programme, promotion of African economic cooperation and fellowship and networking.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

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H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
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Goodall Gondwe

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