The economic crisis has led to a reassessment of the systems governing global cooperation, financial architecture and policies linked to trade and climate change, and is a wake-up call to speed up implementation of long-discussed reforms. In this complex and evolving landscape, emerging markets, including those from Africa, are among the first to show signs of a recovery and are forecast to increasingly contribute to global growth in the next decade. How are leaders rising to the challenge and using the crisis as an opportunity to redesign a sustainable roadmap for Africa’s future within the new global economy?
At this important juncture, Tanzania hosts the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa, held for the first time in East Africa. In addition, the Forum’s Young Global Leaders Summit will be held concurrently in Dar es Salaam and will integrate over 200 of the world’s top young leaders in the meeting. Discussions will address how African nations are managing relations with key economic partners, with an increasing trend towards greater South-South cooperation.
As Africa joins India and China in crossing the billion person mark, its young population, natural resources and market potential are catalysts for significant future growth and development.
Ajai Chowdhry, Founder, HCL; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HCL Infosystems, India
Kuseni Douglas Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer, Old Mutual, South Africa
Pat Davies, Chief Executive, Sasol, South Africa
Joergen Ole Haslestad, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International ASA, Norway
Anna Tibaijuka, Undersecretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Nairobi
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