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UNECA: Africa loses $80bn anually to illicit financial flows

UNECA: Africa loses $80bn anually to illicit financial flows
July 01
10:49 2017
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The ongoing 31st ordinary session of the AU executive council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has heard that Africa loses an estimated $80 billion in a year due to illicit financial flows.

Abdella Hamdok, the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), released the figure on Friday when he spoke on a range of issues.

He said financial outflows from the continent have become an international agenda given the scale of the matter and negative impact of such flows on Africa’s development and governance.

“Even though the continent is taking tangible steps toward a coherent approach to curb illicit financial flows, the magnitude of the issue calls for much more to be done.”

He added that curtailing illicit financial flows was imperative for implementation of Agenda 2030 and 2063 of the continent.

Speaking on migration in Africa, Hamdok said intra-African migration has dominated migration flows of the continent.

Referring the report of International Labour Organisation (ILO), he said there were an estimated 7.5 million West African migrants within West Africa compared to 1.2 million in North America and Europe combined.

He therefore stressed the need for Africa to place migration at the top of the policy agenda to promote well-managed migration.

Hamdok said the population in African cities is forecast to increase twice as fast as the rest of the world, and over the next decade, according to UN Habitat, an additional 187 million Africans will live in cities.

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