2017 Theme: “African Industrial Development: A Pre-Condition for an Effective and Sustainable Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)”

The objective of this year’s Africa Industrialization Day is to raise awareness of the importance of African industrial development in implementing a successful Continental Free Trade Area, and therefore further growing Africa’s economy and supporting the eradication of poverty. The event takes into consideration the role that industrialization plays in enhancing market competitiveness, and elaborates on the necessary steps to be taken in order for African countries to realize their potential.

Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000), the United Nations General Assembly, in 1989, proclaimed 20 November “Africa Industrialization Day” (A/RES/44/237). Since then, the United Nations System has held events on that day throughout the world to raise awareness about the importance of Africa’s industrialization and the challenges faced by the continent.