Nigeria, 20 others to launch country profiles at African Development Week


The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is set to launch the second generation of its ECA Country Profiles for Nigeria and 20 other African countries.

A statement issued by the communications office of the commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday, said that the profiles would be launched on March 25 on the margins of the African Development Week.

The event is scheduled to hold in Dakar, Senegal, from March 23 to March 28, and will feature a joint Annual Ministerial Conference with the theme “Growth, Inequality and Unemployment”.

The conference is expected to provide Africa with a platform to discuss issues pertinent to its development.

Other countries to launch their profiles are Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tunisia.

Each of the reports will provide a detailed stock taking of the countries’ economic and social situation, as well as their performance in areas such as regional integration or the fight against exclusion.

The ECA Country Profiles were designed in 2015 in accordance with Resolution 917 of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development which was held in Abuja in 2014.

It is aimed at providing African decision-makers with an independent analysis of their countries’ economic and social development and the progress made to achieve regional integration.

The statement said that each Country Profile is based on data provided by member states and complement ongoing ECA efforts to improve the collection of statistical data in Africa.

The Country Profiles include various innovations such as the ECA African Social Development Index (ASDI).

The ASDI measures human exclusion in six key dimensions of well-being throughout the life cycle (survival, health, education, employment, means of subsistence and the capacity to live a decent life after the age of 60).

The Country Profiles also include the African Regional Integration Index, co-designed by ECA, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

It is based on the five pillars of regional integration which are trade integration, regional infrastructure, productive integration, free movement of people and financial and macroeconomic integration.