ALGIERS- Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane will take part on Friday, in Niamey (Niger), in his capacity as representative of President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in the 17th African Union Extraordinary Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification, as well as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday in a statement.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, the Minister of Industry, Ahmed Zeghdar, and the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion, Kamel Rezig.
The African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification will be convened under the theme “Industrializing Africa: Renewed commitment towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Economic Diversification.”
The summit will start on November 25th, after the Executive Council of the AU discusses reports and draft resolutions that will be submitted to the extraordinary summit of the heads of state and government of the AU for approval.
The Summit will be convened as part of the Africa Industrialization Week annual commemorative activities. Given the importance of industrialization and economic transformation in Africa, the 20th of every November is commemorated as the Africa Industrialization Day, adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity in July 1989, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Africa Industrialization Day provides an opportunity to key stakeholders to reflect on Africa’s industrialization by looking at how the continent can change its current status quo. Since 2018, the Africa Industrialization Day has been commemorated with weeklong events, marking a departure from the one-day tradition, and which affords more time to reflect and accelerate actions towards Africa’s structural transformation, as an enabler to meet the objectives of Agenda 2063, and SDGs 2030.