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.
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.
The World Economic Forum on Africa will address a number of key issues facing the region’s inclusive development,these include the following:
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.