ECA eyes Africa’s premier think tank position

ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. Photo : IHA

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (ADV) – The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says it has floated a strategy that will help many African countries to overcome the socio, economic and environmental challenges they were facing.

ECA’s Executive Secretary said the solutions consists of the member states accepting to engage with ECA to implement quality research and evidence generated through the organization’s work.

Ms. Vera Songwe said such an engagement and the results produced therein will offer solutions to accelerate the attainment of the 2030 and 2063 development agendas.

That done, she said, ECA will become Africa’s premier think tank.

Ms. Vera Songwe made the statement early this month when she addressed a retreat of African permanent representatives based in Addis Ababa.

“ECA should be your door to the best policy advice. And if we don’t have the knowledge in-house we have the capacity to bring the best of the world to you,” she told the Ambassadors.

“We want to be your partners in building a prosperous Africa,” she wooed.

Touching on the new strategic directions of the ECA, she said they consisted of building sustainable development solutions to accelerate Africa’s economic diversification and industrialization.

Further to that, she named the creation of innovative solutions to finance, sustainable infrastructure, human, physical and social sector “for a transforming Africa”.

Thirdly, she named the new strategic directions as contributing solutions to transboundary issues, with a focus on social inclusion; and developing regional solutions as a contribution to global governance issues, as well as building knowledge to advocate for and manage Africa’s next-generation challenges.

As part of the proposed reform agenda, the Executive Secretary plans to create a private sector division, focusing on the business environment with respect to energy, infrastructure services, financial sector and capital market development.

In addition, the issues of poverty and inequality, as well as governance, will receive added attention in dedicated sections, she concluded.

Ms. Songwe said the retreat was an opportunity for the ECA’s senior team to listen to the permanent representatives, build a stronger relationship between Addis and the member states and ensure that country and continental priorities were aligned and consistent with those of the African Union.

“This retreat is the first of its kind, but we hope to build on it to ensure ECA delivers value to its member states and the AU,” she said.

For his part, the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Kwesi Quartey welcomed the meeting and said, “the conversation on how to collaborate is useful and helpful, and attention needs to be given to the origin of African states.

The main agenda of the retreat was to discuss ways of improving the working relationship between the permanent representatives and the ECA.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III– African Daily Voice (ADV)