TOMRIC News Agency (Dar es Salaam)

3 August 2001

African Development Forum Set for December

Dar Es Salaam — The third African Development Forum (ADF 2001) will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from December 9-13, under the theme "Defining Priorities for Regional Integration", the organizers said.

The forum is being organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). This year's theme was chosen in light of the coming into force of the African Union (AU), which represents a historic opportunity to accelerate regional integration, according to a press release issued by ECA.

It said the forum would reflect on the experience in Africa as well as other regions on economic cooperation identify the priorities and policy options for accelerating regional integration in Africa. The forum, the statement said, was expected to draw up elaborate necessary steps for economic and monetary union in the African setting.

"ADF 2001 will bring together a wide spectrum of stakeholders, government, parliaments, business, finance, labor, civil society, international organizations and the Diaspora to discuss these issues, refine options and seek consensus on the way ahead," said the ECA in a statement.

It will reflect on Africa's historic initiatives for political and economic unity and examine regional integration experiences from other regions, consolidate lessons learned and identify best practices and define priorities and strategic actions needed to accelerate regional integration. Drawing on the political impetus from the coming in to force of African union, ADF 2001 will help galvanize a broad based inclusive process to harmonize and accelerate integration efforts in the continent and build consensus around the key strategic actions that need to be taken, it said.

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