Morocco to Gather African Finance Ministers in ECA Conference

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African heads of states and governments during the African Union summit for the agreement to establish the Continental Free Trade Area in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 21, 2018

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) announced that Morocco will host the 52nd ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development March 20-26 in Marrakech.

This year’s theme will be “Fiscal policy, trade and the private sector in the digital era: A strategy for Africa.”

The conference will gather African finance ministers to review fiscal policies for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area and the role of the private sector in the digital economy, ECA said in a statement January 28.

The one-week conference will focus on “effective fiscal policy for growth in Africa.”

ECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said: “With its changing economic basis, Africa needs to renew its fiscal policy in order to align with the economic order and to meet its needs for investments and growth.”

The Marrakech conference will also hold “plenary sessions on a series of sub-themes and at least 16 side events on various issues affecting African economies.”

Side events will be held March 23-24.