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Cambridge Global Challenges


The African Union Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in partnership with the French Development Agency, will explore questions related to the triple challenges confronted by Africa on the eve of its industrial revolution: create millions of decent jobs, protect the environment and substantially increase the productivity of its economies.

It is confronting these challenges in the face of rapid technological changes and by relying on its immense human and natural resources. The success of Africa’s industrialisation strategies will depend largely on the quality of public policies by African governments – and to what extent these policies include a role for entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs in Africa are multifaceted: born by choice or necessity, operating in urban, rural and peri-urban areas, pursuing high - and low-tech paths.  So, which actors should be given priority? What type of programmes should be designed? What types of partnerships will be necessary? To what extent and how will entrepreneurs fuel Africa’s industrialisation?

The 17th International Economic Forum on Africa will focus on "Entrepreneurship and Africa’s industrialization".

Please consult the programme and register here.




Wednesday, 4 October, 2017 - 08:30 to 18:00
Event location: 
Room CC 1, OECD Headquarters 2, rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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