ECA Urged to Invigorate Role in Realizing Africa’s Dev’t, Commemorates 60th Anniversary

Addis Ababa December 17/2018 Despite its immense job over the last six decades, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has to further expand and renew its critical role to realize Africa’s ambition, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen said.

Addressing the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of ECA today, the deputy premier stated that “ECA has been the most important and effective institution in developing our knowledge across a range of issues relevant to Africa’s development.”

It has made a whole series of significant contributions in building enhanced partnership and integrating Africa into the global economy, he added.

According to Demeke, inclusive and green growth, innovative financing for sustainable development, natural resource management, and governance are among the areas ECA has translated knowledge into country level support and sound policy.

“ECA has done immense job over the last six decades and we are very grateful, he said, adding that it also remains exceptionally well-placed to continue its contribution to Africa’s development challenges and its support for Agenda 2063.”

The deputy premier said “We are particularly pleased to celebrate ECA’s 60th anniversary at an exciting time of change and reform in our country. The dynamics of reform in Ethiopia has already unlocked the door to hope and prosperity in our sub-region.”

Demeke noted that Ethiopia is determined to forge ahead deepening the reform process across the whole socio-economic spectrum.

ECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said ECA has done a remarkable job for the last six decades. Despite all the progress, much remains to be done in the coming years.

Implementation related challenges on various key policies and strategies drafted to achieve Africa’s major goals are still the main homework to be prioritized by all stakeholders, she added.

“We have to go hand-in-hand to resolve those challenges and realize the continent’s long-term agenda and development goals,” Songwe pointed out.

ECA was established in 1958 by the UN Economic and Social Council to promote the economic and social development of African countries through international cooperation