Focus On Economic Agenda Important For Africa To Meet MDGs

Sudan Vision: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Are the Priorities for Africa?
Alula Berhe Kidani, sustainable development advocate

“As 2015 and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, attention has increasingly turned within the United Nations to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, a High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) was recently convened to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015 and construct the next development agenda. … [M]ore proactive engagement between African governments and African firms with emerging market financial institutions is essential in unlocking nontraditional portals of finance for economic growth and development. … Finally, Africa needs to capitalize on its demographic dividend. Policies for creating jobs and inclusive and sustainable growth must be a part of the economic agenda in Africa…” (2/18).