Africa after COVID-19: Resetting Policy Priorities to Transform Economies

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Sustained economic transformation requires that economies are built to resist shocks and to recover quickly, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The onset of the pandemic in 2020 has brought further challenges to Africa’s economic development efforts by not only disrupting current social and economic life, but also because it undermines the future progress of economic transformation and the path to SDGs.

Over the past several months, ACET has been carrying out policy-oriented research aimed at resetting the policy agenda for Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent crises. This research will underpin discussions at the upcoming eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) where African and global leaders will come together to discuss priorities for Japan’s partnership with African countries, as well as trends and important policy prescriptions for Africa’s transformation.

The upcoming webinar, Africa after COVID-19: Resetting Policy Priorities to Transform Economies, will help set the scene for discussions at TICAD8, share some of the early findings of the study Transforming and Building a Resilient Economy in Africa in the Post-COVID-19 Era: Resetting Priorities for the Policy Agenda, and bring together government officials, entrepreneurs, civil society, academics, and international development actors to discuss and debate what should rise to the top of the policy agenda for African countries in the months and years ahead.

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