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5 reasons to be optimistic about Africa

5 reasons to be optimistic about Africa

It is impossible not to have strong views when it comes to the debate on Africa's rise: despite solid economic growth and progress in poverty alleviation, people's views on the region's outlook remain stubbornly polarised. Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, shares why she remains optimistic.

Watch: Introducing the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos

Team South Africa will again be joining world leaders at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in late January. The meeting is an opportunity to enhance South Africa's global reputation and tell the country's story of competitiveness and social cohesion.

An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network

In 2030, South Africa's network of robust infrastructure is the bedrock of growth and job creation. This infrastructure efficiently delivers electricity, water, sanitation, telecoms and transport services, powers the economy, and supports manufacturing, trade and exports. More than that, it gives citizens the means to improve their lives and boost their incomes.

A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system

In 2030, local government in South Africa has the trust of the people, being committed to working with communities to find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs, and improve the quality of their lives.

An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service

In 2030, state institutions are well-run and effectively coordinated, run by professionals committed to the public good and capable of delivering consistently high-quality services, and working for economic growth and reduced poverty and inequality.

Women's empowerment 'key to stopping violence'

Women’s empowerment ‘key to stopping violence’

Economic empowerment and independence are important pre-conditions to help end gender-based violence, says NGO Gender Links, which will be showcasing the achievements of more than 1 000 survivors during the 16 Days of Activism For No Violence campaign.
Brics countries should embrace innovation: Minister Radebe

Brics countries should embrace innovation: Minister Radebe

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has told delegates at the 3rd Annual innovaBRICS & Beyond Conference in London that they should embrace innovation in order to meet targeted economic growth.
IMF forecasts "robust’ economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa

IMF forecasts “robust’ economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa

A combination of infrastructure investment, expanding services, and robust agricultural production are proving tailwind to the strong economic growth in most of sub-Saharan Africa countries, states the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its October 2014 Regional Economic Outlook report.
Positive economic outlook for Africa: AfDB report

Positive economic outlook for Africa: AfDB report

The 2014 African Economic Outlook report predicts a rosy outlook for the continent in the short to medium term, with Africa’s growth levels expected to accelerate to 6% in 2015.

Africa’s economic rise is real – EY report

Despite clear evidence of sustained progress, many remain sceptical about Africa. A new report by Ernst and Young highlights the continent's tremendous economic progress over the past two decades with the message: Africa's rise is real.

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