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UN University on Natural Resources in Africa to hold quarterly conferences

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Cotonou, Benin, March 15 (Infosplusgabon) - The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), based in Accra, is organising quarterly conferences on the sector of natural resources in Africa this March.

Organized in collaboration with the University of Ghana, Legon, the series of events will bring together leading thought leaders from across Africa and the world.

These high-level conferences aim to provide a space for debate and exchange of ideas on Africa's natural resources sector, set in a context of continent growth.

They will especially honour Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong, first Ghanaian Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, and UNU's First Vice-Rector, according to UNU-INRA's new director, Dr Fatima Denton.

An emblematic figure in the African academic world, Professor Kwapong played a key role in the creation of the first UNU institute in Africa, UNU-INRA, and in the founding of the first UNU institute - the World Institute Research on Development Economics, UNU-WIDER, she stressed.

"Africa's natural resources are being scrutinised as more and more countries are discovering oil and gas resources and climate change continues to degrade ecosystems and negative impact on the economies of the region."

In addition, it is noted that the continent is currently struggling with mega-trends related to rampant urbanization, youth unemployment, technological deficit, migration flows and gender inequalities.

The conferences will focus on the urgency of managing Africa's natural resources as part of a new paradigm of growth.

Speakers from prominent figures and prominent opinion leaders are expected to challenge conventional wisdom about the trajectory of natural resources in Africa, including the resource curse, and unpack narratives related to the paradox of abundance.

The speakers will provide independent reflection in the same vein as the ideals, life and mantra of Professor Kwapong.

They will describe the issues and provide bold insight into a range of current issues related to natural resource management and the importance of practical solutions, factual knowledge and a more equitable system for effective policies and to empower marginalized people.

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