Economic Integration for Africa’s Development: GLO President Zimmermann speaks at the African Economic Conference 2018 in Kigali/Rwanda

Starting from Bruxelles airport, GLO President Zimmermann reached on 1 December 2018 the Marriott Hotel in Kigali/Rwanda that hosts the 3-5 December African Economic Conference 2018. Organized jointly by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this year’s topic is “Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development”. Zimmermann speaks in the prestigious opening plenary session 1, the “High-level panel on drivers, opportunities and lessons for Africa’s integration”.

“This session will engage high level principals from the collaborating institution as well as high-level experts, policymakers, and practitioners in sharing their reflections and perspectives on Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s development. This will set the stage for the conference by outlining drivers, opportunities and lessons for more effective integration in all its dimensions (economic, social, political, environmental) and faster progress in meeting Africa’s development aspirations in terms of trade, migration, financial flows and innovation for Africa’s Integration.”

Moderator: Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary General and Africa Regional Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Keynote Address: Prof. Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford


  • H.E. Prof. Victor Harison, AUC Commissioner for Economic Affairs
  • Ms. Giovanie Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Prof. Klaus F. Zimmermann, President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO); Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT; Full Professor of Economics at Bonn University
  • Prof. Ademola Oyejide, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Ibadan, Chairman, Centre for Trade and Development Initiatives (CTDi), Nigeria.
  • Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation

Rapporteurs: Linguere Mbaye (AfDB), William Davis (ECA), Elda Chirwa (UNDP)

Reaching the hotel lobby of the Kigali Marriott:

Out from the cold: Start at Brussels airport:
Arrived in Rwanda, which is known as “the land of thousand hills’’ and can literally be considered as the heart of Africa. Rwanda lies 121 km South of the equator in the Tropic of Capricorn, 1416 km west of the Indian Ocean and 1250 km east of the Atlantic Ocean:
…. and celebrating on December 2 next to the swimming pool an exotic birthday.


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