Over the past year, ACET has pushed its transformation agenda through a series of multi-stakeholder events linked to major research projects. This has helped to cement its reputation as a thought leader.
ACET Chief Economist Yaw Ansu launching ATR2017, supported by Burkina Faso’s Minister of Finance, Rosine Coulibaly/Sori and the World Bank’s Albert Zeufack.
African Transformation Report (ATR2017)
ACET participated in various events throughout the year as a channel to influence policy based on research conducted. The most notable event was the launch of our flagship report, the African Transformation Report (ATR2017), titled Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation. A Steering Committee meeting was convened in April in Nairobi, Kenya, to seek high level inputs to the draft report from partner organizations.
ATR2017 was previewed at the African Caucus meeting of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Gaborone in August, and launched on October 10 during the 2017 Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C. The report provides a data-rich assessment of the state of agriculture in Africa, and practical and innovative recommendations on how to use the sector to drive overall economic transformation in Africa.
PACT Chapter Meetings
ACET organized a number of events as part of the formation of various Chapters of the Pan-African Coalition for Transformation (PACT). In April, a two-day policy learning event on local content and value addition in the mineral, oil and gas sectors of selected African countries was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of pre-launch activities for the Extractives Chapter of PACT. This was followed by a policy learning event on resource mobilization and management in Accra, bringing together over 50 experts and senior government officials.
In June, ACET again brought together about 40 industry experts and senior officials from government ministries, CSOs and academia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to understand different country priorities and next steps for Manufacturing Chapter membership and engagement. This was followed by another meeting in December in Accra to discuss chapter objectives and action plans ahead of the second African Transformation Forum scheduled for mid-2018.
ACET contributed to the success of the 2017 World Bank Development Finance Forum in Accra end-May. We also provided technical support to the first Compact with Africa (CWA) Ministerial Meeting in Accra on September 6. This was at the back of the June G20 Africa Partnership Conference in Berlin and the G20 Summit of July in Hamburg. Ahead of these meetings, ACET and Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Stiftung jointly organised an African stakeholders meeting in Berlin to look at the implications of the CWA and consider the role African countries should play.
ACET also provided key inputs to the African Development Bank’s first high-level Leadership for Agriculture Forum in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, which was convened jointly with the Initiative for Global Development and Grow Africa. Similarly, in partnership with the African Minerals Development Centre, Germany’s Bundesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources) and the Government of Ghana, the first National Suppliers Development Programme was launched with a workshop on value addition in Ghana’s mineral sector.
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