World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa 2016

 The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016 conference information

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa 2016 is taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, 11 – 13 May 2016.

Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation

Africa’s positive economic outlook is under pressure – mainly due to adverse changes in the global economy – and is expected to remain just below 5% in 2016. As many countries in the region improve their investment climate and undertake macroeconomic policy reforms, foreign direct investment flows are expected to continue to grow, although at a slower pace. Low global prices for major commodity exports, currency devaluations and debt sustainability considerations, as well as geosecurity threats that have weakened growth in some countries underscore the urgent need for economic diversification for sustained inclusive growth. In this context, Africa’s leaders need to pursue new approaches to ignite structural transformation, particularly in the face of rapid technological changes that have the potential to create new industries and reduce inequality. Rwanda is emerging as a regional high-tech hub and boasts one of sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest GDP growth rates. It is one of the continent’s most competitive economies and a top reformer in improving the business environment. This remarkable progress showcases the country’s rapid evolution as a knowledge economy, powered by smart policies and investments. Nonetheless, further reforms and alliances are called for to accelerate development by leveraging digital transformation to expand socio-economic opportunities. Under the theme, Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to discuss digital economy catalysts that can drive radical structural transformation, strengthen public-private collaboration on key global and regional challenges, and agree on strategic actions that can deliver shared prosperity across the continent.

Wednesday 11 May

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Thursday 12 May

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Friday 13 May

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KPMG Participants

  1. Josphat Mwaura – CEO KPMG East Africa
  2. Jean Paul Thill – CEO KPMG in Francophone Africa
  3. Olumide Olayinka – Partner, Head of Risk Consulting in West Africa
  4. Carol Read – Partner, Head of MC Strategy in SA

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