UN official predicts higher growth for Africa in 2011
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The Information and Communication Service (ICS) of ECA reports that Mr. Janneh was speaking to experts in Addis Ababa today as they began preparations for the Fourth Joint Annual Ministerial meetings of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Mr. Janneh’s announcement at the opening session of the meeting was welcomed with a sigh of relief by experts who have all too often got mostly bad news from Africa. Even as the world economy remained mired in crisis, the top UN official noted that Africa grew on average by 4.5 percent in 2010 up from 2.3 percent in 2009 and will most likely maintain steady growth of about Five percent in 2011. The experts hope to make useful proposals for the perusal of the Ministers who are expected in Addis Ababa over the weekend. They will also discuss the assessment of the recurrent issue of regional integration in Africa as well as the 2011 report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.