Zimbabwe to host UN conference of African finance ministers

Zimbabwe to host UN conference of African finance ministers

By Xinhua

Zimbabwe will host the 56th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe’s minister of finance, economic development and investment promotion, said the conference would be held from February 28 to March 5 in the resort city of Victoria Falls.

Prof Ncube said the event would focus on issues like Africa’s challenges in accessing adequate resources to finance the transition towards green economies.

“It would also focus on the negative impacts on economies arising from climate change, pandemics, growing debt, and conflicts, among other topics.

“The Conference would facilitate dialogue and exchange of views by experts and African Ministers responsible for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, as well as governors of central banks on these pertinent issues for the development agenda of Africa,” he said.

The event would involve technical discussions led by a panel of experts focusing on the theme and statutory matters of the UNECA for the initial three days, with the conference scheduled for the remaining two days.

UNECA, one of the UN’s five regional commissions, comprises 54 member states.

Its mission is to advance economic and social development, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development.