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How to reinforce the sustainable competitiveness in Africa?

Observatoire de la compétitivité durable (OCD) The Sustainable Competitiveness Observatory (OCD), an instrument for continental emergence.

The Agence française de développement (AFD), the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI) and AfricaFrance have organized a conference on the Africa’s competitiveness :

How to reinforce the sustainable competitiveness in Africa?

September 26, 2017, 05:30 – 07:30 pm
Address : salle Mistral-AFD (Paris)

After two decades of significant progress punctuated by rising per capita incomes and poverty reduction, Africa is now facing a marked slowdown in economic growth. Whereas during the last decade the average growth rate was 6%, the end of the "super cycle" of the raw materials is the main cause of a brutal slowdown with only 3.5% growth in 2015 and barely 1.5% for 2016 according to recent IMF statistics.

The evolution of the situation in South Africa is a testimony of the magnitude of the shocks. Under the combined effects of drought, falling commodity prices and institutional problems, the country entered a recession by signing a second quarterly contraction of its GDP. Returning to sustainable growth will require intensifying efforts and amplifying reforms in many fields, in particular those related to the diversification of productive systems and exports, still too dependent on raw materials.

The objective assigned to the seminar is twofold:

  • To take stock of the continental performances over the last 20 years, highlighting regional heterogeneities.
  • To better document this analysis and then place each of the 54 African countries on a map of sustainable competitiveness, a set of key parameters that conditions the acceleration of growth. This competitiveness can be analyzed through the reading grid proposed by the FERDI Sustainable Competitiveness Observatory (OCD), an instrument based on three pillars, the climatic-economic and political vulnerabilities, the attractiveness of territories and measures of price competitiveness.

The event will be moderated by Sabine Cessou, journalist

  • Welcoming address : Vincent Caupin, Responsable de division, AFD and Patrick Guillaumont, President , FERDI
  • Introduction : Lionel Zinsou, Co-President, AfricaFrance
  • Presentation of the SCO : Patrick Plane, Head of SCO Programme at Ferdi, FERDI

Discussion panel:

  • Patrick Plane, Head of SCO Programme, FERDI
  • Jean-Michel Debrat, Director, AfricaFrance
  • Ludovic Moriniere, Senior Manager, Bearing Point
  • Marie-Héléne Loison, Director Middle East North Africa, AFD
  • Christophe Angely, Director of Strategy, FERDI