Brand South Africa at the World Economic Forum 2015



Brand South Africa joined the 45th World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos from 21 to 24 January 2015 to share that message that South Africa is a globally competitive nation, an integral part of a rising Africa, and open for business.

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Open for business

At the 2015 WEF annual meeting in Davos, Team South Africa showcased eight major economic sectors open for business to international investors. More >

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Team South Africa at Davos

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African leaders talk growth strategies

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos last week, CNBC Africa’s Bronwyn Nielsen, South African President Jacob Zuma, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and others discussed ways to boost economic growth on the continent. More >

South Africa’s place in the centre of the world

30 January 2015 – As Team South Africa returns from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene reflects on the common challenges faced by different countries across the globe – including ours – and reports back on the message communicated to the forum about the South African success story. More >

South Africa pleased with WEF participation

26 January 2015 – President Jacob Zuma returned to Pretoria on Saturday upbeat and satisfied with the outcome of South Africa’s participation at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. More >

Five reasons to be optimistic about Africa

24 January 2015 – It is impossible not to have strong views when it comes to the debate on Africa’s rise: despite solid economic growth and progress in poverty alleviation, people’s views on the region’s outlook remain stubbornly polarised. Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, shares why she remains optimistic. More >

In numbers: South Africa’s global competitiveness

23 January 2015 – The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks South Africa as the 56th most competitive economy out of 144 countries, the highest standing on the African continent and ahead of its Brics developing economy partners India and Brazil. More >

Africa dismantling trade barriers

23 January 2015 – African countries are collaborating to remove barriers to inter-country trade on the continent, President Jacob Zuma says on the sidelines of WEF. Allowing investors to move freely across borders is necessary for business to flourish, and red tape preventing this is being cut by
governments. More >

South Africa is a leader in many fields

23 January 2015 – South Africa’s membership of the Brics group of emerging powers has been criticised – mostly based on the small size of its market. With the world’s largest mineral resources and sound financial standing are strengths that underscore its value to the Brics’ development bank. More >

South Africa developing reliable energy mix, Zuma tells Davos

22 January 2015 – South Africa remains open for business and is an attractive destination for investments despite the current energy challenges, President Jacob Zuma told a business delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. More >

Infographic: Rising to the challenge of Africa’s urban future

21 January 2015 – By 2016 50 % of Africa’s population will be living in cities and there will be 65 cities with populations over 1 million. By 2030 the 18 largest African cities will have a combined spending power of $ 1,3 trillion. While Africa’s rapidly urbanizing population is creating new markets it presents infrastructure and humanitarian challenges. More >

Introducing the World Economic Forum in Davos 2015

Skills, innovation part of South Africa’s story

21 January 2015 – As the world’s economic leaders gather in Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum, Team South Africa prepares to tell a story of innovation and skills development focused on boosting employment and pushing the country ahead of the pack in the emerging economies. More >

Innovation: a catalyst for growth and prosperity

21 January 2015 – As South Africa joins the discussion on improving the state of the world at the WEF meeting in Davos, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the National Research Foundation, argues that education and innovation are the most important routes to growing South Africa’s economy. More >

Rob Davies: South Africa is open for business

20 January 2015 – “Government and society need to work in genuine partnership to pursue the country’s current economic vision with conviction and vigour,” writes trade and industry minister Rob Davies. “In the meantime, South Africa needs to continue to send a message to the world that it is still very much open for business.” More >

Why does South Africa join the World Economic Forum in Davos?

19 January 2015 – Every year Team South Africa joins the 2 500 high-level delegates to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss village of Davos. Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola explains why this is important to solving the country’s problems. More >

Growth is the key message for South Africa at Davos

16 January 2015 – South Africa’s efforts to support growth in Africa through regional integration and direct investment is one of the key messages the country will take to the annual World Economic Forum’s meeting, which begins in Davos on 21 January. More >

The National Development Plan: a vision for 2030

16 January 2015 – As Team South Africa takes the story of South Africa’s successes and challenges to the World Economic Forum in Davos this month, we unpack a key part of the message they will bring to global leaders: the National Development Plan, and what it means for the country’s future. More >

South Africa to showcase its success at Davos

15 January 2015 – President Jacob Zuma will be heading up the high-level South African delegation of cabinet ministers and business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from 21 to 24 January, the Presidency said on Wednesday. More >

South Africa’s education system critical to competitiveness

15 January 2015 – As Team South Africa prepares to showcase the country’s successes at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, we must remember that a quality education for young people is critical to our global competitiveness, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller
Matola. More >

A plan to move South Africa forward

15 January 2015 – On the eve of the World Economic Forum at Davos, South Africa grapples with three challenges in building an equal society: high unemployment, poverty and inequality. A way forward is in infrastructure investment, considered the most direct way to creating skilled, high-paying jobs. More >

Four key issues on the agenda for WEF Davos 2015

15 January 2015 – The world is changing at a breathtaking pace. In the past year, it seems to have become a darker place, marked by deepening geopolitical fault-lines which jeopardise the era of economic expansion, integration and partnership that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall in
1989. More >

Gallery: Nelson Mandela at Davos

12 January 2015 – The World Economic Forum has unearthed historic photographs of Nelson Mandela attending the annual meetings in Davos in 1992, two years before he became South Africa’s first democratically elected president, and in 1999, the final year of his presidency. More >