African Economic Conference 2013: African leaders, top scholars look at regional integration as key to Africa’s continuing growth and development


The eighth African Economic Conference will take place in South Africa from October 28-30, 2013

TUNIS, Tunisia, September 27, 2013/ — The eighth African Economic Conference ( will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from October 28-30, 2013 under the theme “Regional Integration in Africa”. The conference is organized each year by the African Development Bank (AfDB) (, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This year’s African Economic Conference will bring together top policy-makers, heads of state, leading researchers and experienced development practitioners from Africa and around the world to discuss issues arising from African countries’ efforts to pool resources and integrate their economies for the development of their regional and individual economies. The conference will examine the efforts being made in different sectors and areas, including finance, road transport, power pools, water resource management, fiscal convergence and labour mobility. Discussions will focus on issues specific to middle-income countries and those peculiar to fragile states. The 2013 AEC will also be discussing the constraints effective integration faces – the poorly developed network of regional infrastructure, especially in transport, energy and communications, and the unsuitable array of legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks, all of which cannot be ignored. Finally, delegates will look into solutions to facilitate regional integration.

The AEC will also provide a unique forum for in-depth presentations of policy-oriented research by both established academics and emerging talents from the continent. The conference will be opened by Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP; Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank; and Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECA.

Registration is now open. Registration will be essential for entry, please register online before Tuesday, 15 October 2013.*

8th African Economic Conference

Monday, October 28 – Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Montecasino Entertainment Complex, Johannesburg, South Africa

Opening: Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa
Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP
Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank
Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, ECA