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Promoting Economic Development in Africa
Economic Development of Africa

UNCTAD examines African economic development from global context, builds consensus at the international level on the challenges facing the African countries, and assists in the mobilization of international support measures to promote economic development in Africa.

Despite impressive growth, African countries continue to grapple with the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, commodity dependence and environmental degradation.

UNCTAD assists African countries in addressing these development challenges through research and policy analysis, capacity development, advisory services, and consensus building.

UNCTAD collaborates with leading African institutions such as the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Main outputs
  • Economic Development in Africa Report (EDAR)
  • Disseminate findings and policy recommendations of EDAR
  • Preparation of "activities undertaken by UNCTAD in support of Africa Report"


23 July 2015UNCTAD opens first regional office in Africa to 'Make Trade Work' for the continent
13 July 2015Making regional trade work for Africa: turning words into deeds
09 July 2015Africa must tap the huge potential of its services sector, UNCTAD report argues
AU Trade Experts
19 May 2015African Continental Free Trade Area discussed and UNCTAD's suggestions presented
08 May 2015Strengthening the private sector to boost continental trade and integration in Africa
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