African Economic Outlook 2015 – Unlocking the potential of local economies for inclusive growth

African Development Bank, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and UNU-WIDER cordially invite you to a seminar discussion on the recently published ‘African Economic Outlook 2015: Regional development – spatial inclusion’.

The African Economic Outlook 2015 puts the continent’s demographic changes and spatial dynamics into the broader debate of generating quality employment opportunities for the youth population. The report highlights the factors accounting for widening disparities and the policies required to address them. 

The AEO 2015 report is the product of close collaboration between the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme.



Registration and coffee

10.00-10.05 Welcome and introduction
Amadou Boly, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
10.05-10.25 Opening words
Pekka Puustinen, Director General, Department of Development Policy, MFA-Finland Introducing AfDB as a knowledge bank and policy partner 
Heikki Tuunanen, Executive Director, AfDB
10.25-10.55 African Economic Outlook 2015 
Abebe Shimeles, Manager of Development Research Division, AfDB
Anthony Simpasa, Principal Research Economist, AfDB
10.55-11.25 Comments
Nadia Ouedraogo, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER Sinikka Antila, Ambassador, Senior Adviser on Trade and Development, MFA-Finland
11.25-11.50 Questions and answers
11.50-12.00 Concluding remarks
Amadou Boly, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER