CIPI Director to serve as a panelist during OECD Forum on Africa-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CIPI Director to serve as a panelist during OECD Forum on Africa

Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, will serve as a panelist for 13th International Economic Forum on Africa on October 7. The event is hosted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, in partnership with other regional organizations, including the African Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Economic Commission for Africa. The annual forum is an opportunity for “OECD and African policy-makers to meet investors, academics and civil society leaders working on and with Africa to discuss the region’s main challenges and opportunities.”

Frazer, who is the Managing Partner of Africa Exchange Holdings Ltd. (AFEX) will offer remarks as a panelist for session 3, “Structural transformation for better integration in regional and global value chains.” AFEX is an institution focused on unlocking capital to the African private sector through establishing or enhancing the capacity of commodity exchanges and equity markets. The focus of the session also aligns with CIPI’s mission, which includes advancing policy recommendations, practical applications, and industry-focused research relevant to countries seeking expanded economic opportunities in the global economy.

The International Economic Forum on Africa’s focus on greater economic diversification and inclusive development on the continent has been a consistent theme of discussion this year. In May, the CIPI Director served as a discussion leader for a session on “Mapping the African Growth Landscape” during the 2013 World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, which examined the sectors and industries that hold the most promise for growth and diversification in the next decade. In July, Frazer participated in les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix‐en‐Provence in France, introducing a session on getting global economic governance out of the doldrums that looked at the gap between the globalization and global economic policy infrastructure.

While in Paris, Dr. Frazer will also participate in the quarterly meeting of Emerging Markets Network (EmNet). Established in 2006 by the OECD Development Centre, EmNet serves as a platform of analysis, dialogue and experience sharing between OECD-based multinational corporations and their counterparts from emerging countries. The EmNet meeting will focus on African efforts to support sustainable development in diverse sectors through reforms, with a special focus on commodities sectors.