UNCTAD’s role in Africa said to be “pivotal” as Executive Secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa passes on anniversary greeting
26 mai 2014

​Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), congratulates UNCTAD on fifty years of engagement in African economic growth and development.

quote As we celebrate the 50th anniversary, I think of the legacy of the first Secretary General, Raul Prebisch, who set the framework for UNCTAD to critically look at the theories of trade to benefit the transformation of our economies. His economic contribution continues to resonate as the 54 African countries pursue their path of industrialization.

Trade is a key driver in Africa's transformational process as it is in other developing economies. UNCTAD's pivotal roles in supporting African countries realize their potential in both international trade as well as intra-African trade can lift millions of people out of poverty.

Under the leadership of Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCT AD is also helping countries leverage the opportunities in technology and sustainable development to generate growth and the much needed employment opportunities for youth thus complementing the work of the economic commissions in lifting standards of living.

I warmly congratulate UNCTAD and wish it continued success on behalf of ECA.quote


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