WEF on Africa: The best of 2016


The 26th World Economic Forum on Africa ran from 11 to 13 May in Rwanda. We’ve gathered highlights from the three-day event at which governments, business leaders, and civil society gathered to discuss the continent’s progress and navigate a way forward.

wef africa Rwanda president Rwandan President Paul Kagame speaks at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali on 12 May 2016. (Image: Benedikt von Loebell, WEF, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Media Club South Africa reporter

The 26th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa closed on 13 May, bidding farewell to more than 1 200 heads of state, CEOs, academics, international organisations, journalists and artists who had gathered in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

Among the speakers and guests were South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and numerous South African business leaders such as Rapelang Rabana and Patrice Motsepe. We’ve gathered a few highlights from the three-day conference.

On the overall theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”

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Watch the discussion about what the theme means for Africa:

On investing in infrastructure

“Investment in infrastructure has stimulated economic activity. Therefore, there are returns to be made for investors in infrastructure in South Africa and Africa. Infrastructure is better done when approached at a regional level, because our countries are interlinked through the movement of people and trade.” – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Watch the panel discussion:

On increasing the digital landscape in education, health and the economy

The digitalisation of the economy is a huge opportunity for the continent to leapfrog and embrace the new and move forward.

See the discussions about how technology and innovation can improve sectors such as education, health and the economy:

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“The internet has become a pervasive, fundamental part of daily life. But low internet penetration significantly impacts a country’s ability to participate in the digital economy, which is becoming an increasingly important priority for development as Africa, like the rest of the world, enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” – WEF executive Alex Wong

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On gender empowerment and female innovators

Watch a panel discussion featuring a few of Africa’s top female innovators, including South Africa’s Nneile Nkholise from iMED Tech Group: