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By Godfrey Olukya 21-10-2013

The eighth African Economic Conference is scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from October 28-30, 2013 under the theme “Regional Integration
in Africa”.

The conference is organized each year by the African Development Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Programme.

This year’s African Economic Conference will bring together top policy-makers, heads of state, leading researchers and experienced development practitioners from Africa and around the world to discuss issues arising from African countries’ efforts to pool resources and integrate their economies for the development of their regional and
individual economies.

The conference will examine the efforts being made in different sectors and areas, including finance, road transport, power pools, water resource management, fiscal convergence and labour mobility. Discussions will focus on issues specific to middle-income countries and those peculiar to fragile states.

The 2013 AEC will also be discussing the constraints effective integration faces, the poorly developed network of regional infrastructure, especially in transport, energy and communications, and the unsuitable array of legal, institutional and regulatory
frameworks, all of which cannot be ignored. Finally, delegates will look into solutions to facilitate regional integration.

The AEC will also provide a unique forum for in-depth presentations of policy-oriented research by both established academics and emerging talents from the continent.

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