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Partnerships for sustainable industrialisation in Africa: lessons from the operationalisation of the AfCFTA in Least Developed Countries

Time (GMT +01) 08:00 09:15
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ODI live events · Partnerships For Sustainable Industrialisation In Africa

Friday, 15 September 2023
07:00 – 08:15 GMT | 08:00 – 09:15 BST | 09:00 – 10:15 CET
Room S2, World Trade Organization


Increased industrialisation as a tool for economic diversification and the building of productive capacities if left unchecked could result in negative environmental impacts.

The AfCFTA presents significant promise for Africa's development. In the context of rapidly advancing environmental degradation and climate change, the AfCFTA must also serve as a lever for sustainable growth on the continent in line with Africa's agenda 2063. Achieving sustainable development in Africa will entail quickening the pace of industrialisation in a way that is environmentally sustainable. This will require a green industrialisation that includes key components to reduce environmental footprints.

In this session, partner perspectives will be shared on the implementation of the AfCFTA particularly efforts towards the use of the AfCFTA as an instrument for advancing green growth within the free trade area. In addition, the role of trade-related technical assistance particularly national implementation arrangements in advancing green industrialisation will be explored.


  • Burkina Faso Ambassador Geneva

    Ambassador Dieudonné W. Désiré Sougouri

    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the WTO

    Session Moderator

  • Mrs Ngone Diop

    Ms Ngone Diop

    Director, Sub Regional Office for West Africa - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

  • Richard Niwenshuti

    Mr Richard Niwenshuti

    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda

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    Professor Dirk Willem te Velde

    Principal Research Fellow and Director of International Economic Development Group, ODI

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    Ms Annette Ssemuwemba

    Deputy Secretary General, East African Community (EAC)