On the morning of 20 January 2016, Brand South Africa together with CNBC Africa hosted an exclusive Thought Leadership Breakfast in Davos – Switzerland, under the theme “Will the 4th Industrial Revolution Benefit South Africa and Africa?”
This discussion aimed to contextualise how industrialisation plays a crucial role in achieving the economic growth and social development visualised in South Africa’s National Development Plan and the continent’s Agenda 2063. This gathering saw international government leaders as well as global CEOs deliberate on the role that industrialisation can play in growing South Africa and Africa, in a CNBC Africa hosted panel.
That being said – kindly be advised that the Brand South Africa and CNBC Africa Special on the Thought Leadership Breakfast at WEF Davos will air this afternoon (Thursday 28 January 2016) at 13h00 on CNBC Africa Channel 410.
The key note address was delivered by the Minister of Trade and Industry – Dr Rob Davies, and panellists included Nicky Newton-King – the Johannesburg Stock Exchanges’ (JSE) CEO; Vasi Naidoo – the Chairman of the Nedbank Group; Ben Kruger – the Joint-Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group; as well as Geoffrey Qhena – the CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
Team South Africa concluded a successful programme in Davos assuring investors of policy certainty and economic stability:
Team South Africa led by President Jacob Zuma – leveraged the presence of international business, analysts and politicians in Davos to assure the global community of the country’s commitment to maintaining policy certainty, fiscal discipline, macro-economic stability and the promotion of inclusive growth and development. South Africa reiterated that the National Development Plan, the 9 point plan for economic recovery and Operation Phakisa were being implemented with a view to ensuring economic and social growth and development.
For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme. The theme of the Meeting this year was ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution’
The Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas. Over 2,500 leaders from business, government, international organisations, civil society, academia, media and the arts participated in the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland from 20 to 23 January 2016.