Media Advisory 12/2005 Over 30 Ministers to Attend Abuja Meeting
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The 38th Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development gets underway in Abuja, Nigeria, next week with some 49 ministers and central bank governors having so far confirmed their attendance. Debates will focus on reasons for the sluggish pace of development and what can be done, in terms of strategies and resources, to improve the situation. There will also be an analysis of the first joint report by the ECA and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) looking into the effectiveness of aid. It is to be recalled that the conference will be immediately preceded by a preparatory experts' meeting, and followed by the annual gathering of the African Development Bank at which a new president will be elected.