Mauritius is hosting the Inaugural African Economic Platform (AEP) from 20 – 22 March, 2017 at Westin Turtle Bay Hotel, Balaclava.
The AEP will institutionalise a new annual platform for African leaders and create an avenue for dialogue amongst a range of sectors, including the African political leadership, business leaders in the private sector, universities and intellectuals.
The AEP is an initiative driven by Africans to provide the policy space for Africans across sectors, to set their own agenda and explore realistic continental and global opportunities and options for implementing this agenda. It will operate within the framework of the implementation of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and other progressive decisions and programs designed to promote African integration and development. Each forum will set measurable short to medium term milestones and establish a clear road map for achieving them.
The forum will also act as a lobby and advocacy platform to influence the agenda of the AU summit and other world summits for the fast tracking of African integration and development.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, called for the creation of a vibrant single African market through the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) as pledged by African leaders to facilitate the flow of goods and services within Africa.
He pointed out that the “Make in Africa” theme that will be subject of discussion during the AEP be developed into the motto “Make Across Africa” so as to drive our industrial ambitions of creating a single market to sell our products.
A number of plenary sessions will be held during the three-day conference and the President of the Republic, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, will be the moderator for plenary panel 4 which will discuss about how to empower the youth for employment, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Objectives of the Platform are:
- To undertake constructive multi stakeholder dialogues around common themes for Africa, led by Africans and to influence continental policy by engaging directly with African leaders on matters of mutual interest.
- To establish multi-country multi-sector priorities and plans for common action with clear mechanisms for follow up.
- To work with African leaders to remove policy obstacles for doing business in Africa, increasing the investment attractiveness of the continent, the implementation of strategies for economic diversification and industrialisation, and domestic and other resource mobilisation.
- To advocate for the removal of barriers that hamper communication and the flow of goods, people and services across the continent, create common platforms for articulating common African positions on global affairs and increase global awareness of Africa’s emerging role in world affairs.
- To leverage the potential of the African Diaspora to participate and advocate for Africa’s integration and development.
- To drive efforts to mobilize domestic resources by the African Union to support the priority actions as defined by the AEP under the auspices of Agenda 2063.
- To drive the implementation of policies for inclusive growth.