The International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA ) is a platform of exchange which was established with the primary aim of: supporting the structural transformation processes while sharing expertise and good practices in this area and initiating substantive discussions for an optimal implementation of the emergence plans. The first two editions of the ICEA, held respectively in 2015 and 2017 in Abidjan, served as an opportunity for leaders of African countries, national experts and TFPs to analyze various trajectories of emergence and explore in greater depth the issues around the selected themes .

The third edition of the ICEA , which will be jointly organized by the Government of Senegal, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the World Bank and the African Development Bank (ADB), is scheduled from 17 to 19 January 2019 in Dakar (Senegal), and will focus on the central theme: “ Emergence, Private Sector and Inclusiveness ”.


The overall objective of ICEA-III is to further the discussions and propose practical solutions for the African emergence plans, through a visible commitment of the national private sector supported by solid partnerships with the State for a strong, resilient and inclusive growth that develops the potentials of all regions. It more specifically aims to:

  • Take stock of the African countries progress towards emergence and document good practices;
  • Capitalize on best practices so as to guarantee the inclusiveness of the emergence processes;
  • Discuss the best initiatives that would strengthen the role of the private sector in the emergence processes;
  • Consolidate interactions and collaboration between structures in charge of monitoring the emergence plans.

Expected results

At the end of ICEA-III proceedings, the main expected results will be :

  • A better understanding of the ongoing emergence processes in Africa and of bottlenecks which hold back the development of the private sector and inclusiveness; ;
  • A strengthened collective leadership (State, private sector, populations) to coordinate the interventions of all stakeholders and a public-private dialogue;
  • Building the capacities of stakeholders, in particular structures in charge of steering the emergence plans, while providing them with practical options as well as innovative tools and methods.
  • A scan of good practices and lessons learned from emerging policies for all African countries covered by the RBA, based on the Best Practices Framework;
  • Facilitation of B2B meetings between private investors from emerging countries and potential national champions and presentation of promising sectors for partnerships.

Themes: “ Emergence, Private Sector and Inclusiveness

The theme chosen for the conference “Emergence, Private Sector and Inclusiveness” will expand on the issues raised earlier on. The discussions and solutions which will focus on the national private sector’s commitment, will be organized around the following sub-themes:

  • Development of national champions in competitive chains and attraction of foreign direct investments (FDI): catalyst of the emergence process;
  • Inclusiveness: guarantee of emergence process sustainability.

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