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Spring Meetings Africa Live Events
Spring Meetings Africa Live Events
April 10-12, 2014Online

Join African ministers, business leaders, civil society organizations, and other high level guests as they discuss the key challenges and opportunities impacting Africa's economic development progress.

Saturday, April 12 | 9:00 - 10:30 EDT | LIVE

INCREASE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN AFRICA #Agric4Africa

New data are overturning long-held myths about how African farmers use modern inputs. Cutting-edge research is showing that small policy changes, from scorecards to innovative savings accounts, can make an enormous difference in farmers' productivity.  New policies to close the agricultural productivity gap between men and women can lift over 100 million people out of hunger. Join ministers of finance and top agricultural researchers as they discuss how these new findings are helping shape economic policy in Africa.

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Saturday, April 12 | 11:30 - 1:00 EDT | LIVE

STATE OF THE REGION #SOTRafrica 

Presented by Francisco Ferreira, World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region, this event will bring together policy makers, civil society representatives and development partners to examine Africa's recent growth patterns and assess how resilient they are likely to prove, given possible changes in commodity prices and the availability of foreign capital.

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Thursday, April 10 | 3:30 - 5:00 EDT | Previously Recorded Event

ENDING CONFLICT AND BUILDING PEACE IN AFRICA #EndingConflictAFR

This high-level event chaired by African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka will present the findings of the recently launched Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action, a high level panel report on fragile states in Africa. The event will bring together policy makers, development practitioners and others to discuss best ways to broker new partnerships that support African states as they develop regional and international frameworks and processes that build the basis for reconciliation, peace and prosperity.

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  • Makhtar Diop, Vice President, World Bank Africa Region
  • Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank 
  • Pekka Haavisto, Minister for International Development, Finland
  • Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Amara KonnehMinister of Finance, Republic of Liberia
  • Dr. Sarah Cliffe, UN Special Advisor and Assistant Secretary General Civilian Capacities, High Level Panel Member
  • Prof. Callisto Madavo, Visiting Professor to the African Studies Program - Georgetown University, High Level Panel Member
  • Joel Hellman, Director, Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries, World Bank


Friday, April 11 | 9:00 - 11:00 EDT | Previously Recorded Event

MEETING AFRICA'S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGE #Jobs4Africa #AfricasYouth

Eleven million youth are expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade and despite a rapid increase in formal sector jobs, the majority of these youth are likely to work on family farms and in household enterprises, often with very low incomes. What are governments, partners, and civil society doing to address the challenge of youth employment in Africa, and what should they be doing? What do we need to know more about to design better policies and programs? An interactive discussion during the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings brings together ministers, experts, and the private sector to reflect on the challenge and ways forward.

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Friday, April 11 | 11:30 - 1:30 EDT | Previously Recorded Event

SUPPORTING THE CREATION OF LARGE AFRICAN FIRMS #AfricaInvestor 

Moderated by Africa Investor's Hubert Danso, this Davos-style panel discussion featuring government ministers and captains of African industry will focus on how best to build strong African companies drawing on homegrown investments.

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