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RBA: Regional Conversation

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As part of the 2021 Istanbul Innovation Days, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa is organizing a High-Level Africa Regional Dialogue on “Innovation, the Informal Economy and the One Africa Market: Stitching the Tapestry for Sustainable Development” which will take place on 26 April 2021 from 09.00 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. EST.

In this dialogue, we will explore interfaces between innovation, the informal economy and the new One Africa market – seeking solutions to key questions around how Africa’s innovations can take us forward, faster, for a green and sustainable path beyond recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, towards achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

UNDP’s Administrator, Achim Steiner, and the Regional Bureau for Africa Director, Ahunna Eziakonwa, will engage in a high-level panel with key personalities to shift mindsets on this topic. These are young African innovators- showcasing Africa’s homegrown innovations by young and gifted innovators, they are also leaders in influential spaces – impacting action on the ground – in regional institutions, the public and private sector, including financing institutions.


UNDP Administrator, USG Achim Steiner,

UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa Director, ASG Ahunna Eziakonwa

Secretary-General of the AFCFTA Secretariat, H.E. SG Wamkele Mene

Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of communication and Digitalization, Ghana

Ms. Natalie Jabangwe, Chief Executive of EcoCash, member of the SG’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs, and member of UNDP Africa’s Influencer for Development group.

Ms. Iriya Ndeshithigilwa Jona, Namibian innovator and founder of Nam-Oceanic Kelp

Ms. Vidal Kenmoe, Cameroonian innovator and founder of Shoes by Vidal

The conversation will be the opportunity to delve into pathways UNDP and other organizations could follow in accompanying the continent’s journey of promise-prosperity.

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