The COM 2019 Ministerial Segment
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The COM 2019 Ministerial Segment

The ministerial segment of the 52nd Session of the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (COM 2019) opened in Marrakech under the theme ""Fiscal policy, trade and the private sector in the digital era: A strategy for Africa."

The meeting opened in the presence of minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Benchaaboun, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohamed, Vice-President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Morocco's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Omar Hilale, and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe.

The conference provides an opportunity for African Ministers to examine the fiscal policies necessary for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) within the frameworks of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and Africa’s development programme, Agenda 2063, and the critical role of private sector in the era of the digital economy.

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, the mandate of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.