Global Agenda Council on Africa 2012-2014
Africa’s narrative is changing from a continent in need of aid to a place of opportunity for growth and prosperity. Many African countries are now seeking emerging-economy status within the next two decades, which they could achieve if they are able to sustain double-digit growth. These high aspirations call for new governance models to capitalize on opportunities and address new challenges. Africa also needs to identify quality growth models that increase competitiveness and employment, while lowering poverty. Concurrently, Africa’s swelling consumer base is offering new retail opportunities.
What the Council is doing about it
After examining which challenges relevant to the continent it could have an impact on, the Global Agenda Council on Africa identified the following six focus points: three pertaining to building human capacity through education, entrepreneurship and talent mobility; one specific to the China-Africa dialogue; another to the post-2015 development agenda; and the last to natural resources management. The Council aims to produce policy briefs on each of these workstreams and provide recommendations that governments and businesses can implement. So far, the council has:
- Aligned itself with the three major regional organizations on the continent: the African Development Bank (AfDB); the African Union Commission (AUC); and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). In the first year, the Council visited the AfDB’s headquarters in Tunis to align its work and that of the AfDB
- Organized events during various Forum activities that reflect and highlight the priorities of the Council, such as private events at the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, as well as one on the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on capacity building
“Many African countries are now seeking emerging-economy status within the next two decades, which they could achieve if they are able to sustain double-digit growth. These high aspirations call for new governance models to capitalize on opportunities and address new challenges.”
Over the next year, the Council will finalize the policy briefs on the above themes to advance the dialogue at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos-Klosters. It will also prepare a presentation of the outcomes for the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa, with specific recommendations that can be implemented in a short-term framework. At the same time, it will continue to align its work with the key regional organizations, including a visit to the AUC.
To get involved please contact
Research Analyst: Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, Global Agenda Councils, Daniel.Emejulu@weforum.org
Council Manager: Patrick McGee, Community Manager, Africa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum Lead: Elsie Kanza, Director, Head of Africa, email@example.com