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Accelerating economic transformation in Africa

Time (GMT +01) 12:00 13:30

Accelerating economic transformation in Africa


Jonathan Rosenthal @rosenthal_jon –  Africa Editor, The Economist



Kartik Akileswaran – Ethiopia Manufacturing and Investment Adviser, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Dirk Willem te Velde @DWteVelde – Head of International Economic Development Programme, ODI

H.E. Yamina Karitanyi @YKaritanyi – High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom

Dominic McVey @dominicmcvey – Former Chairman and Founder, Hela Clothing  

Raji Rajan – Deputy Director for Support to Kenya Markets Trust, Gatsby Africa


For nearly two decades, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have all sustained average economic growth of 5 per cent or higher. To maintain and top this performance, while making growth more inclusive for their rapidly expanding populations, governments in the region know that the main drivers of their economic growth need to change. 

Economic transformation is crucial for sustained growth and job creation. However our understanding on how to support economic transformation in different contexts is far from complete. Recent research has stimulated thinking around more targeted and joined up support, especially around sectors. 

This event discusses approaches and strategies to economic transformation in the region, including high-level coordination among different policy areas and sectoral approaches in the African context.

203 Blackfriars Road London