Thursday, September 18, 2014

The 14th edition of the International Economic Forum on Africa will focus on industrialisation, one of the continent’s main priorities.
Most African countries have experienced strong economic growth rates since their independence.
However, this growth has not led to significant poverty reduction. Industrialisation is vital in order to promote structural transformation and the improvement of the quality of life of the population. The continent’s demographic dividend and regional markets offer a tremendous opportunity to transform locally and create employment opportunities.
This year's International Economic Forum on Africa will discuss key and decisive strategies for the continent. What are the main industrial policy measures that need to be put in place? What are the main achievements attained and the challenges yet to be overcome? Which are the best performing countries?
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 Securing livelihoods

The Rockefeller Foundation, the Economist’s Intelligence Unit and the OECD Development Centre met in August in Bellagio, Italy at the Securing Livelihood conference to discuss the future of livelihoods. Local and global crises, demographic shifts, climate change, new technologies, and other challenges impact livelihoods in many ways.

The discussion focused on the different scenarios of the future of livelihoods; how can one support oneself or one’s community, now and in the future, especially in terms of resources and competencies? How to identify various global trends and their interaction with livelihoods by 2030, and how to elaborate and implement policies to improve current living standards?
An OECD Development Centre report, intended for publication in spring 2015, will analyse critical trends, opportunities and barriers shaping livelihoods in the future.
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  Emerging Senegal Plan

The OECD Development Centre chaired a seminar organised by the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Planning of Senegal, to review the objective of structural reforms envisaged in their Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE).
The OECD Development Centre has been involved in both the design of the PSE and its implementation at the request of Senegal. The reforms needed for the implementation of the PSE, will bring Senegal on a new development path. These necessary reforms are aimed at restoring fiscal leeway to the state and improving the business environment.
Part of the discussion addressed the reforms in the energy sector (capacity constraints, high costs of production and prices, etc.), but also measures to improve access to credit and structural reforms in land ownership and legal security of private investment in the agriculture, mining, social housing and tourism sectors. 

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