Participants at a high-level event held today at the United Nations headquarters in New York, voiced strong support for the industrialization of Africa as a way forward to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
The organizers of the event, the African Union Commission (AUC), the Office of the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Africa (OSAA), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), issued the following joint communique.
Africa has seen remarkable economic growth since the turn of the millennium. It has become the second fastest growing region in the world and continues on this path despite the persistent global economic slowdown. To be sustainable and inclusive, this progress must now be accompanied by structural transformation, which remains the only option to lift the people of Africa out of poverty. To fully benefit from its rich natural resources and to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend, Africa must industrialize. Read more. Source | United Nations Economic Commission for Africa