Eca's Vera Songwe to Take Part in High Level Debate On Informality in New York

15 July 2019

New York — The Economic Commission for Africa will organize, in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, the African Union, the Economic Commission for Western Asia and the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations a High level debate on "Informal Sector and 2030 Agenda" on Tuesday 16 July in New York, on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

This high-level debate will take place with the participation of ECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe, Egyptian Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform Hala El Said, ESCWA Executive Secretary Rola Dashti, South African Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Egyptian Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform for Planning Affairs Ahmed Kamaly, and Ayoub Zaid Elrashdi, from the African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations.

Participants will study issues related to the informal economy in African and Arab countries, potential development benefits of a reduced informal sector and existing options for countries to reduce and better control the size of their informal economies.

More than 61 percent of the world's working population are employed in the informal sector (ILO). In Africa and Arab countries, the informal sector employs 85.8 and 68.6 of workers. According to ECA estimates however, African countries lose up to 4.6 percent of their GDP to its informal sectors.

Event: "Informal Sector and 2030 Agenda"

Date: 16 July 2019 from 6.30 to 8.00 pm

Place: UN Headquarters, Conference room 5

Communication Team

Economic Commission for Africa

Office for North Africa

Tel: +212 (0) 537 548 749


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