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UNECA Economic Report on Africa 2015: Industrializing Through Trade in Africa

Special Presentation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA): Industrializing Through Trade in Africa, Feat. Dr. Adam Elhiraika of UNECA

Date: Monday, September 28th


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Presentation

7:10 pm – 8:00 pm: Reception

On Monday, September 28th, 2015, NYU Africa House proudly presented a discussion between Dr. Adam Elhiraika of UNECA and Professor Yaw Nyarko of New York University. The two experts discussed the UNECA Economic Report on Africa 2015 and the implications it had for future policy decisions on trade and industrialization across Africa.

Admission to this event was free and open to all.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Adam Elhiraika

Director, Macroeconomic Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Adam B. Elhiraika (Ph.D., University of Glasgow) is the Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). He supervises and coordinates the Commission’s policy research work on planning, finance and private sector development, economic governance and macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, including its key annual flagship publication – the Economic Report on Africa. Before joining the United Nations, he was a Research Economist at the Islamic Development Bank (Saudi Arabia) and served as Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at several universities. He has published extensively in internationally refereed journals as well as books and monographs. His research contributions focus on issues of development macroeconomics and finance, economic governance, and structural transformation through industrialization.

Professor Yaw Nyarko

Economist, New York University and Director at Africa House

Yaw Nyarko is a professor of Economics at New York University and the Director of the Center for Technology and Economic Development. He is also Co-Director of the Development Research Institute, winner of the 2009 BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award on Economic Development Cooperation, and Founding Director of NYU Africa House. A theoretical economist, his current work focuses on models where the economic actors engage in active learning about their environments and human capital models of economic growth and development. He is the author of many published research papers and the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including many from the National Science Foundation. He has been a consultant to many organizations, including the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Social Science Research Council.