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Harnessing the Demographic Dividend and investing in our future by putting Africa’s young people first

14 June 2016
Harnessing the Demographic Dividend and investing in our future by putting Africa’s young people first © UNFPA Burkina Faso/ Théo Somda

12 June 2016. Senegal is hosting the 11th Global Meeting of the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) Network from 20 to 24 June 2016. The deliberations will take place in Dakar (King Fahd Palace Hotel) and Saly (Lamantin Resort). This important gathering is taking place for the first time on the African continent, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Senegal H.E Macky Sall. Dakar follows other major capital cities such as Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2010, Barcelona (Spain) in 2012 and Beijing (China) in 2014.

As part of this special event, UNFPA, the United Nations Fund of Population, the Research Center for Economics and Applied Finance of the University of Thiès (CREFAT) and the Government of the Republic of Senegal are organizing a high-level symposium on the Demographic Dividend and Africa’s Development on June 20, 2016, in Dakar, Senegal.

Special guests and confirmed keynote speakers

Several eminent persons, including current and former heads of state and government: H.E Mahammad Boune Abdallah Dionne, Prime Minister of Senegal; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA; H.R.H. Yahaya Haliru, Emir of Shonga; H.E. Yakubu Gowon, Former President (Nigeria); H.E. Armando Emílio Guebuza, Former President (Mozambique); H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, Former President (Tanzania); H.E. Karl Auguste Offmann, Former President (Mauritius); Madame Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Prize Laureate (Liberia); H.E. Aminata Toure, Special Envoy to the President and Former Prime Minister (Senegal) and over 15 ministers from several African countries.

Access to an evidence-based and action-oriented interactive platform

Through knowledge-sharing sessions, engaged leaders, advocates, thinkers, opinion formers, researchers and expert practitioners from around the world will concretise joint actions and expand existing initiatives and partnerships to accelerate the development of human capital and thus ensure young people contribution to the well-being of their families and the transformation of African and the rest of the world.

Why should you join the opening of the NTA meeting and the high-level symposium on June 20th?

Beyond the discussions, this is a unique opportunity to be part of insightful and high-level decision-making that will be turned into tangible actions in support of the African Union 2063 Agenda and the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals).

Get more information about this unique event

The programme, including the agenda, the guest speakers’ biographies and other details are available here:

·         http://www.symposiumdd2016.org/

·         https://crefat.univ-thies.sn/nta11/en/index.php#services

About the NTA Global Meeting:

The event aims to “bring together experts from research centers around the world who are at the forefront of research on demographic and economic issues (demographic dividend, aging, women's empowerment, gender, generational accounting, pensions, etc.).” The Center for Research in Applied Economics and Finance from the University of Thiès (CREFAT) is the convening organization of the conference on NTA in collaboration with its partners: the Center for the Economics and Demography of aging –(CEDA), the University of California -Berkeley, the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii.

The objective of the NTA project “is to improve the understanding of how the structure of population growth and changing age influences the economic, gender, generational equity, public finance and other important aspects of macroeconomics.” The project consists of research teams based at universities, research institutions and government agencies in 48 countries worldwide, with the task of building accounts for “measuring how people at each age level produce, consume, share resources and save for their future”. CREFAT is one of such research teams.

About the High-level Symposium:

UNFPA, in close collaboration with the CREFAT and with the support of the Government of the Republic of Senegal, is organizing this special event that will serve as the high-level interactive segment of the 11th NTA meeting.

The Symposium aims to provide a space for networking and constructive exchange; to agree on the outline elements of a framework for action, based on evidence and experience; to provide information for the African Union roadmap on leveraging the demographic dividend.

To meet these objectives, interactive panel exchanges will be structured around three sessions: “Demographic Dividend around the world: Lessons and Perspectives”; “Demographic Dividend in Africa: Policies and Interventions”; and “Sustainable Development in Africa: Voices of Eminent Elders/Persons.

UNFPA works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

For more information contact:

UNFPA

Nelson Muffuh, Tel.: +221 33 859 82 33 Email: muffuh@unfpa.org

Habibatou Gologo, Tel.: +221 77 740 0956 Email: gologo@unfpa.org

CREFAT

Loty Diallo, Tel.: +221 77 609 71 36 Email: lotydiallo@yahoo.com

Government

Abdou Faye, Tel.: +221 775500041 Email: afaye@minfinances.sn; abdoubirame@gmail.com; infos@minfinances.sn