ZIMBABWE is set to host the fifty-sixth session of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of Africa Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Victoria Falls early next year.
The conference is scheduled to run from 28 February to 5 March 2024. Preparations to host the conference have started.
Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1968 as one of the UN’s five regional commissions, ECA’s mandate it to promote the economic and social development of its members States, foster intra-regional integration and promote international cooperation for Africa’s Development.
Made up of 54 member states and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the Africa institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to addressing the continent development landscape.
The contribution by ECA to the task of carrying forward the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 is centered on the Commission’s three core functions, its convening function, its function as a think tank and its operational function.
“In line with the convening function, ECA provides dedicated regional intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder platforms with strong ownership by member states, regional bodies and development banks that result in agreed development policy frameworks, standards and action plans that reinforce multilateralism at the regional and sub-regional levels.
The conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is one such initiative.
“In this regard, the ECA will be working with the government of Zimbabwe represented by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion in organizing preparations for the upcoming conference.”
As part of preparations, the Ministry of Finance is seeking an internationally acclaimed event manager to assist in coordinating the preparation process.