The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 4-6 September 2019.
The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 4-6 September. The theme of the meeting is Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The meeting will be the first that the World Economic Forum has held in sub-Saharan Africa since 2017, when leaders from government, business and civil society from around the world gathered in Durban, South Africa.
This year’s meeting falls in a year when 20 elections will take place across the region, and nearly 100 days since South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took office. While progress has been made politically in sub-Saharan Africa, economic growth is also expected to accelerate modestly in 2019 from 3.1% in 2018 to an average of 3.6% in 2019, according to the World Bank.
Against this backdrop, the World Economic Forum on Africa will address a number of key issues facing the region’s inclusive development.
Supporting growth and integration through the African Continental Free Trade Area
Creating high-quality employment opportunities and protecting workers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Employing drones to address health, infrastructure and other societal needs
Using emerging technologies to advance healthcare and prepare for epidemics
Implementing growth strategies that address environmental challenges and deliver industrialisation
The Co-Chairs of the meeting are:
Ellen Agler, Chief Executive Officer, The END Fund, USA
Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom
Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva
André Hoffmann, Vice-Chairman, Roche, Switzerland
Alex Liu, Managing Partner and Chairman, A.T. Kearney, USA
Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank, Nigeria
Sipho M Pityana, Chairman, AngloGold Ashanti, South Africa
“Africa’s successful development depends on building the right conditions for its new generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. This means smart, agile institutions; an enabling environment for innovation that includes access to skills and capital; and a determined approach by policy-makers to level the playing field and implement policies that prioritise sustainable, inclusive growth over short-term imperatives,” said Elsie Kanza, Head of the Regional Agenda, Africa, and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.