Africa’s post-pandemic trade prospects will be the focus of a major conference held by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

Significant figures involved in the continent’s economic development are expected to attend the Sixth Annual Conference for the UWS Centre for African Research on Enterprise & Development (CAREED), which is being held online on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 January 2022.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Kevin Chika Urama, of the African Development Institute at the African Development Bank Group, while other speakers include the Ethiopian Ambassador in the UK, Teferi Melesse Desta; and Oluwaseun Akinola from Nigeria’s Splash FM radio.

The conference will discuss topical issues from across Africa, highlighting issues, opportunities for growth and the continent’s position in world trade, in the era of Covid-19 and beyond.

Conference chair Dr Adebisi Adewole said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to bring together such a prestigious line-up of speakers for this event, which will examine opportunities for Africa’s economic development.

“It will provide an excellent opportunity to network with high-profile individuals, and to learn about the current economic transformation being experienced by a growing number of African economies.”

Professor John Struthers, Director of CAREED, added: “At CAREED, our vision is to contribute to the debate leading to the promotion and realisation of Africa’s expanding consumer market; vast natural resources; and the growing young labour force which focuses on positioning the continent for robust economic growth.

“Our annual conference plays a key role in this, while demonstrating the global ambition and wide-ranging impact of the work we do here at University of the West of Scotland.”

The Sixth Annual Conference for the UWS Centre for African Research on Enterprise & Development is free to attend, but advance registration is required.

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Main photo: Professor Kevin Chika Urama