The Financial Crisis-Strategies for Mitigating Its Impact in Africa
The expected growth deceleration poses a major threat to the poverty reduction agenda. Furthermore, as the continent becomes more integrated into the global economy, it will suffer more pronounced first-round effects of similar shocks in the future. It is, therefore, important that the continent prepares itself for future shocks while responding to the immediate challenges that the current financial crisis presents.
It is this context that the Bank, together with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), organised the Conference of Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors in Tunis in November 2008, where the early impacts of the crisis were articulated, and possible solutions for African countries discussed, especially as the meeting preceded the G-20 meeting in New York in the same month. This was followed by the meeting of the Committee of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Cape Town on 16 January 2009, which identified the need for further analysis.
The Bank, therefore, deems it crucial to generating knowledge that will inform the Regional Member Countries in their search for appropriate responses to the challenges of the financial crisis. In this context, the Bank is organising a workshop, on 10 April 2009, in Tunis, focusing on three areas: i) Domestic resource mobilisation, ii) Capital flows and capital account regulations and iii) Financial sector reforms.
The objective of the workshop is to present an in-depth analysis of these issues discuss possible options for responding to the challenges of the global financial crisis. It is hoped that the coming together of African experts and high-level policy makers will provide input for guiding concrete actions by African countries in responding to the challenges of the financial crisis. Participants at the Workshop will include selected Governors of African Central Banks, high ranking government officials in the Ministries of Finance and Planning, and representatives from partner institutions, including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
Last modified 09-04-2009