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The macroeconomic performance of central Africa is slow in significantly improving the welfare of the populations and more especially in creating sufficient jobs for the youth.

The structural transformation of the economies of Central Africa requires technological leaps in key sectors of infrastructure, agriculture and industry. The objective of this Community is to create a platform to document, analyze, and elucidate the key drivers to structural transformation in the seven member States served by the Office for Central Africa of the UN Economic Commission for Africa.


More specifically, the Community aims to facilitate consultations, peer-learning and advocacy to deepen the impact and penetration of work on structural transformation in Central Africa. The documentation  of practical experiences and innovations on structural transformation will expand the body of knowledge  and relevant guidance instruments could be generated accordingly.

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  • Central Africa sub region has, for the past decade recorded sustained growth but has not been able to significantly improve social indicators. Meanwhile, this is a sub region endowed with vast mineral, forestry, agricultural and environmental resources which, if exploited in a judicious and coordinated manner would fast-track its economic and social development. The time has come to reorientate the agenda of countries of the sub region towards a strategy of economic change through industrialization founded on basic commodities and respectful of the environment.
    • Indeed the Central African Sub Region which I was opportuned to have represented during the Addis Ababa Consultativeforum on the position of Africa on thepost 2015 development Agenda in the experts working group, is highly in needof structural transformation which is translatedinto poverty alleviation at the rural communities especially. It is true that there is a sustained growth in terms of rates but not seen in the livelighoods of the Rural poor who continue to swim in abject poverty evidenced by poor infrastructure, low earnings and untold hardship. Structural transformation should be viewed holistically but handled in a sectoral manner as Cameroon is doing under the poverty reduction strategy program which identifies priority sectors which aredirectly connected to poverty allaviation. Infrastructural transformation especially good roads for easy movements of people and products, agricultural transformation with emphasis on processing of our products, maize, cassava, plantains, etc besides the strictly cash crops and the strengthening of earnings of both farmers and workers are very indispensable. Commodity prices arevery low and unstable for most of thecash crops so the farmers continue to remain poor. The bad roads and absence of roads in many areas worsens the situation. Cameroon is already making progress in the infrastructural sector but much is still to be done. There is truely a need for industrialisation in our countries. We need an industrial revolution for an effective takeoff. Hon Dr Bokwe Samuel Ngoe
    • Indeed my Dear, your points are welcome.
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