Zim to host African Finance Ministers’ Conference
Brian Rungano Temba
Zimbabwe is preparing to host the fifty-sixth session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) that will run from the 28th of February to the 5th of March 2024 at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls.
In a press statement released today by Minister of Finance,Economic Development and Investment Promotion Prof Mthuli Ncube, the conference will run under the theme : ‘Financing the transition to inclusive Green Economies in Africa; Imparatives, Opportunities and Policy Options.’
“The theme aptly captures the challenges facing the continent in terms of accessing adequate and timely resources to finance the transition towards green economies and the negative impacts on economies arising from climate change, pandemics, growing debt levels and conflicts among others,” read the statement.
Prof Mthuli said beyond matters of ECA , the Conference will facilitate exchange of views with experts and African Ministers responsible for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, as well as Governors of Central Bankd on these pertinent issues for the development agenda of Africa.
“A high-profile global thought-leader will present on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Economic Development in Africa.
“The event will consist of technical deliberations by a Committee of Experts on the theme and statutory issues during the first three days, followed by the Conference of Ministers of Finance and Economic Development during the last two days.
“In preparation of the Conference, Government has constituted Inter-Ministerial Technical Sub-Committee drawn from various Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies working closely with UNECA Secretaries, to lead the coordination of the various aspects of the Conference,” further reads the statement.
Prof Mthuli said the Event is part of the government’s contribution to the United Nations family and also presents an opportunity to promote the country globally, as we pursue our Engagement and Re-engagement drive with the International Community.