ECA Announces Intergovernmental Session on Leadership and Transformational Change for Economic Diversification in Central Africa


Yaoundé, November 10, 2021 (CEA) – At the end of its 2020 session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (CIE) for Central Africa, which focused on capacity building and skills for economic diversification , and as part of the Decade of Economic Diversification in Central Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), articulates the discussions of the next session of the ICE of the sub-region on the radical changes necessary to achieve economic diversification.

The ECA Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa is betting that a whole new movement of leaders and champions from the public and private sectors, women, young entrepreneurs, academics, media and political figures. civil society should be merged to design and support such changes for economic diversification.

This is why the surge of 37e ICE session for Central Africa Brazzaville, Congo, of December 6 to 10, 2021, is on: “Fostering leadership and transformational change for economic diversification in Central Africa.”

The overall objective of the 37th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts of Central Africa is to examine in depth the state of leadership and transformational change in Central Africa, to identify gaps and to propose to governments and to sub-regional organizations practical ways to strengthen understanding and practice of the two intertwined concepts to accelerate economic diversification in Central Africa.

Speakers on the theme will include ministers / senior officials and political advisers from the governments of the Central African sub-region, experts in the field of leadership and change, economists and other academic heavyweights, representatives of economic communities. regional authorities in Central Africa (CEMAC and the ECCAS commissions and their relevant statutory bodies), representatives of United Nations agencies and other development institutions (AfDB, World Bank, Afreximbank, African Financial Corporation, etc.) in the sub-region, actors from the private sector, the media and civil society leaders.

Main problems to be solved

  1. Central Africa’s quest for economic diversification would be futile without transformational change in society. But transformative leadership is a crucial missing ingredient in the pursuit of transformational change that can lead to sustainable development and economic diversification in the sub-region. How does he present himself?

  2. Governance is a crucial criterion for transformative leaders to lead by example and attract the “crowd” for the transformational change needed for economic diversification. But how can we demystify this “Governance” to show that it is a collective principle, that it is not a question of denouncing and humiliation, that it is a question of removing context and paperwork and that it can be copied to comparators in the developing South?

  3. Poor and indifferent public and private service delivery hampers quality economic diversification efforts in Central Africa. Only radical changes in leadership can bring about effective delivery of public and private services. How to break the status quo?

  4. Formal training in fair management and public administration is not enough to create the sine qua non conditions for economic diversification in Central Africa. Deliberate investments must be made in transformative leadership training to produce transformational change that supports such a dynamic of diversification. Is it enough?

  5. The role of youth and women is crucial in the transformational change needed to propel Central Africa into this knowledge, information and digital economy, especially with the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Area ( ZLECAf). Traditional practices that hinder the contributions of youth and women to economic diversification in Central Africa must be dismantled with the support of renewed leadership. How can this be accomplished; and what else?

  6. For economic diversification to bear fruit, governments cannot be left alone to find ways to bring about transformational change. The private sector, civil society, community and traditional leaders, the media, academia, captains of industry, diaspora influencers and other individuals must be part of a conversational movement that co-creates a irreversible transformational change. What is the right formula?

  7. The COVID-19 pandemic has abundantly demonstrated the fundamental weaknesses of Central African economies, including their very low levels of structural transformation and economic diversification. There can be no going back to business as usual. The sub-region must take better advantage of the pandemic. As reported in UNCTAD 2020 Trade and Development Report, better recovery requires that the Covid-19 pandemic be treated not only as a crisis to be managed, but also as an opportunity to identify and overcome structural obstacles on the path to a more prosperous, equitable and resilient future. As such, transformative leadership and transformational change would spawn revolution in Central Africa towards better building to become more diverse and economically resilient.


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