Event Date and time: Monday 26th June, 2017 | 10:00 – 11:30 

Venue details: Overseas Development Institute | 203 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NJ

Organisers: Overseas Development Institute 

Event website: Entrepreneurship and Africa’s industrialisation

Event cost: Free

There is a renewed focus in African countries on the private sector as a means to drive industrialisation and inclusive growth, in the process tackling two of the most pressing problems facing the continent – jobs and poverty. Crucial to the success of this will be effective partnerships between the public and private sectors, and a focus on encouraging entrepreneurship through improving skills and financing opportunities.

Presenting the latest African Economic Outlook 2017, discussed for the first time in the UK and published by the African Development Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme, and a forthcoming paper from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, this event addresses the current state of affairs and examines not only the what, but also the how of African industrialisation from various perspectives.

Drawing on case studies from Ethiopia, Rwanda and others, an expert panel discusses how to strengthen entrepreneurship and successfully develop market-based sectors that can help to industrialise and transform economies, generating returns for the whole of society, not just those at the top.

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