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In his address to the IIEA, Dr Lopes argues that six of the fastest economies in the world are now in Africa but despite the rapid economic growth, African economies have been slow to transform. He contends that the slow pace is compounded by a variety of domestic and international factors. He outlines how, as a continent, Africa has the fastest growing population which provides it with important human resources to accompany its development. The entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) this year may help address a number of these challenges. Dr Lopes discusses whether African countries be able to exploit these opportunities to further lead the continent on a path of development.

About the Speaker:

Dr Carlos Lopes was appointed as the African Union High Representative on the Partnership with the EU Post-2020 in July 2018. From September 2012 to October 2016 Prof. Lopes served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Dr Lopes is a Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po., Paris. His most recent book, Africa in Transformation: Economic Development in the Age of Doubt reflects on the economic challenges facing Africa in the age of democratic doubt in Africa and beyond, identity crises, global fears and climate and sustainability.