Economic Forum To Discuss Income Inequality

Previous meetings addressed issues related to the extractives industry in East Africa. COURTESY PHOTO Previous meetings addressed issues related to the extractives industry in East Africa.

Industry experts, leaders in government, academia and the private sector from across East Africa will meet at the third LéO Africa Economic Forum to be held in Kampala at Kampala Serena Conference Centre on 22 July, 2016. 

 The LéO Africa Economic Forum is an annual gathering that meets to discuss the state of the economy in the region. The Forum over the past two years has addressed pertinent issues related to the extractives industry in East Africa. 

The 2016 forum, to be held under the theme: “Leave No One Behind: Promoting inclusive economic growth & decent employment for all by 2030” will be organized by the LéO Africa institute with support from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and United Nations in Uganda. 

“This year’s forum will focus on what economies in the East African region should do to stem the growing income inequality that is threatening regional security and stability,” says Kwezi Tabaro, the programmes coordinator at the LéO Africa institute. 

The one-day event is expected to attract speakers from Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, and over 200 participants who will at the end of the conference sign a commitment to champion the need for equitable and inclusive economic growth and creation of meaningful employment for all working age East Africans. 

“Platforms like the Economic Forum on East Africa provide us an opportunity to engage the business sector in the region on what both the private and public sector can do to enhance inclusive economic growth that creates employment opportunities for our young people,” says Awel Uwihanganye, the Senior Director and Co-founder at LéO Africa.


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