Morocco was elected, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Marrakech, by acclamation, as Chair of the bureau of the 52nd Session of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (COM2019) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
The bureau, elected at the end of the inaugural session of the 38th meeting of the COM2019 Committee of Experts, consists of the First Vice-Chair (Ethiopia), Second Vice-Chair (Zambia), Third Vice-Chair (Togo) and the Rapporteur (Equatorial Guinea).
"The election of Morocco as Chair of this bureau is an honor and a responsibility to ensure that the proceedings of these three days would live up to the challenges posed, and a unique moment of sharing experiences between member countries," said the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Mr. Zouhair Chorfi.
The Kingdom’s goal, he continued, will to ensure that this work can lead to resolutions that provide answers to a number of questions concerning the agendas of the various governments.
"We are getting to the heart of the matter to examine all the issues on the agenda, including budget, foreign trade and private sector development," added Mr. Chorfi.
The meeting of the Committee of Experts, which runs until March 22, is an opportunity to discuss a number of topics, in particular the evolution of the economic and social situation in Africa and the assessment of the progress of the continent's regional integration. Created in 1958, ECA is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Its mission is to support the economic and social development of its member states, to promote regional integration and to promote international cooperation for Africa's development.