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Economic Report on Africa 2015: Industrializing Through Trade

5 October 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Discussant: Professor Machiko Nissanke, SOAS
Chair: Dr Gita Honwana Welch, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Africa’s economic growth has remained strong, in spite of a global downturn in commodity prices. However, the continent’s social development lags behind, with high poverty and unemployment rates still prevalent. Although trade will continue to play an important role in the continent’s growth, economies need to be diversified to address inequality.

This event launches the 2015 UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) report Industrializing Through Trade, which examines policies necessary for inclusive growth, productivity and structural transformation.

The event will be followed by an open reception.