Zimbabwe is preparing to host the 56th session of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference next month, bringing together finance ministers from across the continent. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said plans for the high-profile event were at an advanced stage.
The conference, titled “Financing the transition to inclusive green economies in Africa; imperatives, opportunities and policy options”, will take place at Elephant Hills, Victoria Falls, from February 28 to March 5, 2024. The chosen theme reflects the challenges facing Africa. ensuring adequate resources for the transition to green economies in the context of climate change, pandemics, increasing debt levels and conflicts.
Beyond the examination of statutory issues, the Conference aims to facilitate dialogue and exchange of views between experts, African ministers responsible for finance, planning and economic development, as well as central bank governors . A global thought leader will present on “Artificial Intelligence and Economic Development in Africa”.
The event will include technical deliberations by an expert committee on the theme and statutory issues over the first three days, followed by the Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development over the last two days.
In preparation for the conference, the Zimbabwean government engaged inter-ministerial technical subcommittees from various ministries, departments and agencies, working closely with the ECA Secretariat to coordinate various aspects of the event.
Ncube stressed that the conference is not only a contribution as a member of the United Nations family, but also an opportunity to showcase the country globally as part of its engagement and re-engagement campaign with the international community.