Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Sharon Davis

Top African political and business leaders meet in South Africa for the World Economic Forum on Africa to discuss steps to sustain the current economic growth on the continent and launch a public-private partnership that aims to address the root causes of poverty.

More than 700 participants are expected at the forum, which runs from 31 May to 2 June in Cape Town under the theme “Going for Growth”.

Africa’s top business, political and civil society leaders will identify priorities and actions to sustain and build upon current economic successes on the continent. African economies are estimated to have grown by an average five percent per annum in the past few years.

Delegates will look at ways to work with business to encourage a change of perception on Africa. The delegates will consider how a legacy of negative perception has hindered growth in Africa and how to use the continent’s comparative advantages to push forward its development agenda. They will take an in-depth look at countries and sectors that are performing well with the objective of learning from these.

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Source: Southern Africa News Features (link opens in a new window)