The crux of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013

Delegates of the World Economic Forum on Africa will gather together for the final session, “Facing Africa’s Future”.

Some of the discussion points will be:

  • Measuring and accelerating progress on new and existing initiatives
  • Taking action with bold decisions and innovations, and
  • Acting together through creative partnerships.

Partnerships, innovation, and sustainable agriculture

Following on from Rapelang Rabana and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, fellow panelist Aminata Niang represents an agricultural concern that is far from traditional, but should come as no surprise by now. Tambaroua Business Farming in Mali is a trendsetting company, primarily focused on agribusiness, that specialises in ‘precision farming’.

It combines solar-powered energy, drip-by-drip irrigation, and net house technologies in an eco-friendly and high yielding farm that the company believes will serve as a sustainable model for developing nations. Producing year-round papayas, seasonal fruits and vegetables and also rearing sheep, goats and cattle, the business adds food processing, packaging and conservation techniques to its impressive list of capabilities.

Niang is well placed to comment on creative partnerships, innovation and sustainable agriculture. Tambaroua Business Farming’s competitive advantages lies in its blending of strong Western management practices with “Djatiguiya” – a combination of hospitality, responsibility, and customer service. According to the organisation’s website:

TBF’s commitment to our Business Partners is to listen more, consider the impact of our actions within the community, and to lead responsibly.

Driving African development forward

Martyn Davies is Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Advisory in South Africa, a leading research, strategy and capital advisory firm that specialises in assisting clients to improve their competitiveness in emerging market economies. Frontier Advisory works with leaders in the private sector, public sector and non-governmental space to deepen their understanding and ability to succeed in frontier and emerging markets.

Together with Younes Slaoui, a Strategy and Development consultant at Attijariwafa Bank in Morocco, he will speak to the market and investment issues that both hinder and stimulate growth in Africa today. Completed by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance of Nigeria), Børge Brende (Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum) and Elsie S. Kanza (Director, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum), the discussion group will in itself simulate the kinds of dynamics that typify the multi-stakeholder interchanges that are driving African development forward.

In closing

The panelists also have firsthand experience of the multifarious development agenda in Africa: combating unemployment, strengthening economic resilience, dealing with poverty and inequality, education, infrastructure development and economic growth.

As such, maybe they can give us a memorable closing picture of Africa’s future as it looks right now.

Watch the debate at 5pm this afternoon on, and share your thoughts here on where you think Africa’s future lies…

David Okwara

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