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Deadline: September 1, 2014

The African Economic Conference 2014 focusing on the Challenges and Opportunities of Fostering Enhanced Skills, Technology and Innovation Development in Africa invites conference papers for presentation. The conference will take place from 1 to 3 November 2014 in Abidjan, Nigeria.

The primary objectives of the conference are to- promote knowledge management as an important driver of policy dialogue, good policy planning and implementation; foster dialogue that promotes the exchange of ideas and innovative thinking among researchers, development practitioners and African policymakers; encourage and enhance research on economic and policy issues related to the development of African economies; provide an opportunity for young African researchers, Africans in the Diaspora, regional and sub-regional organizations to disseminate their research findings as well as share information with African policymakers on the work they do in the region.

Theme: Skills, Technology and Innovation for Economic Transformation

The best conference paper will be announced and awarded in the closing ceremony. Young African women and men researchers are especially encouraged to submit papers.

Details  of the conference and themes


  • Estimating the magnitude of skills required to achieve economic and social transformation objectives
  • Best practice in exploiting regional and sub-regional opportunities for skills development
  • Best practice on adapting skills to industry requirements
  • Financing skills development
  • Industry-government-academia cooperation on skills development


  • The role of technology in social mobility/inequality reduction
  • Best practice in fostering technology transfer
  • Financing technological upgrading
  • Innovative strategies for promoting technology commercialization


  • Identifying critical innovation barriers and gaps in Africa
  • Best practice in financing innovation from public and private sources
  • Exploiting regional and sub-regional opportunities for fostering innovation
  • Best practice in addressing barriers and empowering youth

Eligibility Criteria

  • The submitted papers must be original work not previously published.
  • Policy-oriented papers relevant to the overall theme, and papers addressing specific sub-topics are considered for presentation.

Note: The authors must indicate if they require support to cover expenses such as travel, accommodation and daily subsistence allowances to participate in the conference. The support is limited to one author per paper accepted for presentation.

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