Theme: Africa’s Development Agenda: Prospects and Challenges
Date: Wednesday, June 19th – Friday, June 21st, 2019
Venue: African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC), Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State Nigeria
Africa is vast, varied and when it comes to country-specific progress, there are differing narratives that have shaped the trends in the continent’s economic progress, population wellbeing and technological advancement. The African continent is pursuing several developmental agenda towards achieving prosperity that is based on inclusive growth and development, as well as, unleashing the potential of women and youths. Examples include the African Union Agenda-2063, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in addition to country-specific development goals – Vision 20:2020 of Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia; Vision 2030 of Algeria, Kenya and South Africa. Meanwhile, Africa has many positive indicators for achieving its developmental agenda – large population of young people, growing GDP, and growing market for ICT could be harnessed for economic growth and development of the continent. Despite these resources and opportunities, most African economies have been volatile and underperforming relative to advanced countries and emerging economies. It is noteworthy that Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, still has high population growth rate with varying implications for the socioeconomic development of the region.