Peer review of the Economic Development in Africa Report 2024

11 June 2024
14:00 - 17:00 hrs. CEST, Palais des Nations
Online and Geneva
, Switzerland

The Economic Development in Africa Report analyzes major aspects of Africa’s trade and development challenges, and explores policy issues of interest to African countries. It makes policy recommendations for action by African countries themselves, and by the international community to overcome the development challenges that the continent faces.

The Economic Development in Africa Report 2024 will investigate the various internal and external threats that are prevalent in African countries. It will also assess the measures that companies, including African small and medium-sized enterprises can deploy to de-risk the impact of such threats on their business, trade, and investment activities at national and regional levels. The report will also advance effective mechanisms through which financial market instruments and regional cooperation (especially intra-African trade) can be leveraged to mitigate the perceived risks in African markets.


The hybrid Peer Review of the Economic Development in Africa Report 2024 brought together practitioners in economic, trade and financial analysis, research scholars and policy makers to review and discuss a draft of the forthcoming Report.

The objective of the Peer Review is to critically assess the methodologies followed in the Report, and deepen the analysis contained therein, in light of recent scholarship. The Peer Review is undertaken as part of a comprehensive effort to ensure the highest quality and analytical rigor of the final Report.

Participants in the Peer Review included the following external experts:

  • Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary-General
  • Ms. Mona Farid Badran, Cairo University
  • Mr. Daniel Cash, United Nations University
  • Mr. Mustapha Sadni Jallab, World Trade Organization
  • Mr. Naseem Javed, Expothon Worldwide
  • Mr. Sergii Meleshchuk, International Monetary Fund
  • Mr. Wim Naudé, Aachen University
  • Mr. Jeremiah Nyambinya, European University Institute
  • Ms. Nkechi S. Owoo, University of Ghana
  • Mr. Sanjay Patnaik, Brookings Institution
  • Mr. Vincent Rouget, Control Risks
  • Mr. Sampawende Jules A. Tapsoba, Afreximbank
  • Ms. Fiona Tregenna, University of Johannesburg

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