African countries have grown rapidly in recent years, and
many have made meaningful progress in meeting the MDGs. But growth has done
little to change the structure of African economies. Most of them still depend
on primary commodities and have not become competitive in global markets for
manufactures and services. Ending poverty and promoting inclusive growth and
shared prosperity require that African countries move beyond growth and
transform their economies by diversifying production, increasing
competitiveness, boosting productivity, and upgrading technology, all to foster
inclusive development and improve human well-being.
The seminar will consider how African economies can
move from economic growth to economic transformation, as part of the post-2015
development agenda. It will present the policy conclusions of the 2013 African Transformation Report.