Monday, 02 September 2019 20:59

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.