Preparations are underway for the Tenth African Development Forum (ADF) to be held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from 15 to 17 November.
Convened by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the forum is expected to bring together a large number of high profile participants, including Heads of State and Government, policy makers of African member States, development partners, UN agencies, academics, civil society organizations, the private sector, eminent policy and opinion leaders, among others.
The ADF is a flagship biennial event of the ECA that offers a platform to debate, discuss and propose concrete strategies for Africa's development, as well as establish an African-driven development agenda that reflects consensus on African development matters.
Held this year under the theme, ‘Migration and Africa's Transformation’, the forum will provide an opportunity for policy makers to analyze issues, review progress, discuss policy options, strengthen partnerships and explore consensus on implementing suitable strategies for making migration work for Africa’s transformation.
"The theme stems from the recognition of the central role of migration as an important enabler for inclusive and sustainable development. The main premise guiding discussions at the forum will be that international migration plays a critical role in the continent's endeavor to develop and improve welfare, peace and stability and provide jobs for our growing population," said ECA's Chief Economist and Deputy Executive Secretary, Abdalla Hamdok.
The Forum is expected to help African policy makers and other stakeholders to look at how, among other things, the continent can leverage its youth bulge or demographic dividend for future growth and prosperity in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda that 'no-one is left behind' in Africa's transformation.
With migration continuing to shape dynamics across countries on the continent, youth migrating in search of jobs and livelihood has become a major concern for many developed countries in the West.
The ADF will discuss all the issues linked to migration, in particular fostering regional mobility on the continent, demographic dividend and migration, skills, employment creation, leveraging human and financial resources of Africa's diaspora for development and new directions and trends in African migration.