Ambassador Pierre also stated that Africa was increasingly becoming a key player in acquiring, generating and applying knowledge to development challenges but said that more needs to be done to make innovation play its part in the quest for transformation and diversification of the African economies and that UNECA
can play an important role in supporting member states to put in place a favorable innovation environment to address their pressing needs, such as industrialization and job and wealth creation.
will also provide the Ministry with a number of technical experts in all domains of cooperation within and outside the organization alongside the consultation on the issues of common interest, and the building of an analytical capabilities for the trade policies and the assessment and follow-up policies to determine what has been agreed upon or the reasons that have prevented its implementation, in addition to the intellectual property and the resolution of disputes.
(2009a), Economic Report on Africa: Developing African Agriculture Through Regional Value Chains, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA
Deputy Minister Magwanishe advanced South Africas positions in the meeting and welcomed the analysis from the South Centre and UNECA
, as well as the support extended to African countries to develop and defend policy positions of developing countries ahead of MC11.
However, one of the biggest benefits outlined in the UNECA
research certainly does seem plausible: that utilising Africa's plentiful renewable energy resources will reduce the continent's energy imports, which currently largely take the form of oil and refined petroleum products.
Speaking at the Addis Ababa meeting in early April, the deputy executive secretary of UNECA
, Abdalla Hamdok, said: "There is now growing commitment among African countries to pursue inclusive green development.
Among the reasons UNECA
identified for Africa's changed status are a decline in conflicts, the expansion of regional markets, a growing youth population, rapid urbanisation, a well-educated labour force, a growing middle class and consumerist culture.
The Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Majdi Hassan Yassin, signed on behalf of the Sudan's Government , while the executive secretary of the UNECA
According to the UNECA
2013 Economic Report for Africa the continent owns about 12% of the world's oil reserves, 42% of its gold, 80-90% of chromium and platinum group metals, and 60% of arable land, in addition to vast timber resources.
Here is a useful overview of the subject by UNECA
executive Carlos Lopes.
The opening session was attended by Ethiopia's President Girma Wolde-Giorgis, Ethiopian Women, Youth and Children Minister, representatives of the African Union and UNECA
and members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Addis Ababa.
EAbdoullie Janneh, United Nations Under-Secretary General and ExecutiveSecretary of UNECA