Africa: Economic Recovery and Transformation

How can African countries “build forward,” not build back, after COVID-19? Our panel of experts shares their thoughts on creating more resilient and more prosperous economies across the continent.


On October 20, 2020, as part of the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Milken Institute hosted a discussion of the economic prospects for the African region in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While young demographics and decisive government leadership spared many African countries from worst-case COVID-19 scenarios early on, the pandemic has sent the continent into its first recession in 25 years. What is the path for recovery?


  • Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Republic of Rwanda
  • Malado Kaba, Former Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Guinea; Chairwoman, Orabank Guinea; CEO, Faleme Advisory Consulting
  • Arunma Oteh, Academic Scholar, Oxford University; former Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank
  • Vivian Nwakah, Founder and CEO, Medsaf


  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

More analysis from COVID-19 Africa Watch:

COVID-19 Africa Watch tracks major developments and policy announcements from across the continent and also offers a curated selection of analysis on how the pandemic will impact African economies and development efforts. The site is a project of the Milken Institute’s Global Market Development Practice.

via Milken Institute