The 26th World Economic Forum on Africa ran from 11 to 13 May in Rwanda. We've gathered highlights from the three-day event at which governments, business leaders, and civil society gathered to discuss the continent's progress and navigate a way forward.
The billion people living in Africa can live a life filled with economic opportunity, employment and better education and health care. But to achieve that, governments have to make energy affordable and more accessible. This requires co-operation and co-investment between nations and regions.
It's by time countries in Africa work as one to better its economy. This means tearing down borders to allow Africans to freely move and trade within the continent.
Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, has dramatically transformed since the 1994 genocide. The country is becoming a high-tech hub of sub-Saharan Africa and boasts one of the region's fastest GDP growth rates. And now, from 11 to 13 May, the country's capital of Kigali will host the 26th annual World Economic Forum on Africa.
Over a million rand is up for grabs to winners of the Anzisha Prize. Weeklong training in Johannesburg is planned for the 12 young African entrepreneurs, who range in age from 18 to 22, shortlisted for the prize before the awards ceremony. Training includes entrepreneurial leadership, mentorship and a significant transfer of skills.
Rwandans living in Johannesburg relived the genocide in their country 20 years ago. They told their stories of horror; but the over-riding emotions at the end of the day were those of reconciliation, hope, healing and forgiveness.
Instead of taking the route of vengeance and punishment, Rwanda has chosen admission, reconciliation and forgiveness. This way, it has missed a "justice of ashes". But to build a stable and prosperous country has required draconian legislation and curtailed personal freedom.