The Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) of Cameroon, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) will organize a virtual workshop to validate the report on: "Economic opportunities along the Central African road corridor" at 14H Yaounde time (13H GMT) on Wednesday 5 May 2021.
Participants will include: representatives of the ministries of economy/planning, agriculture, rural development, livestock/fisheries, industry, water and energy from the countries of the sub-region; representatives of ECA; experts from statistics offices; private sector champions; members of academia and research communities; representatives of development agencies; journalists; etc.
The regional value chains in agribusiness and mining that have been analysed in this report include rice, maize, livestock, and minerals used in fertilizers and batteries. These value chains were selected by ECA through expert group meetings on the basis of their potential contribution to economic and social development, environmental preservation and regional integration, particularly with regard to the projects of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). In accordance with these criteria, the renewable energy sector, in particular solar and wind energy, was also included in the analysis of potential economic zones.