World Economic Forum on Africa

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Below is the listing of the sessions which will be webcast live from Cape Town.

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Africa 2063: From Fragility to Stability

As African economies transform over the next 50 years, how will political and geopolitical tensions in the region be managed?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Stabilizing political transitions beyond elections
  • Overcoming religious ethnic divisions
  • Fostering conditions for investment and growth

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Africa's Agenda on Science, Technology and Innovation

What should be at the top of the African agenda for science, technology and innovation in 2013?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Creating new sources of growth
  • Innovating for food, energy and resource security
  • Building a talent pipeline for Africa

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Africa's Global Partnerships

How are new and existing partnerships with Africa facilitating the exchange of comparative strengths?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Going beyond access-to-resources to economic integration
  • Exchanging knowledge and experience
  • Widening the range of financing models

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Africa's Values Context

What tensions and transformations are shaping the debate on values and identity in Africa?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Learning from the past to create a new future
  • Expanding interconnectedness from community to country to continent
  • Reconciling rural and urban identities

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African Economic Outlook

How are current developments informing the region's economic outlook for the year to come?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Increasing productivity and employment
  • Leveraging innovation as a growth engine
  • Collaborating with other regions

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Agriculture: Investing in Transformation

How are partnerships in the region accelerating investment in agriculture?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Enabling private-sector investment
  • Bolstering infrastructure
  • Developing regional markets
  • Empowering women farmers

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Building a Resilient Continent

What coordinated actions can Africa's public, private and social sectors take to build societies that are more resilient to risk?

Session objectives:

  • Identify at a national level the range of shocks to which African societies are most vulnerable
  • Exchange viewpoints on the most pertinent adverse trends undermining Africa's capacity to deal with external shocks
  • Formulate strategies to mitigate vulnerability and enhance resilience of African societies

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Building Africa's Financial Sector

What progress and opportunities are advancing Africa's financial infrastructure?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Achieving scale and deploying capital in frontier markets
  • Adapting innovative technologies and services
  • Fostering a conducive regulatory environment

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Building with BRICS

How will collaboration with the BRICS empower Africa to deliver on its promise?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Maintaining investment and economic dynamism
  • Building intra-regional infrastructure links
  • Sharing best practices for workforce development and job creation

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Capital for the Common Good

How can the full spectrum of financial and philanthropic capital be aligned for greater impact in funding Africa's inclusive growth?

Session objectives:

  • Scope opportunities and challenges for collaboration between development and investment players
  • Map complementary skills, risk appetites and investment instruments
  • Identify concrete initiatives ripe for aligned investment

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Connected Africa: Can We Get There Faster?

How can infrastructure opportunities be accelerated to improve African transport systems?

Session objectives:

  • Examine capacity and urban congestion management
  • Map regional connectivity and corridor growth
  • Pave the way for cold chains and specialized infrastructure

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Digital Technologies: Unlocking Transformational Growth

With over 650 million mobile phone subscribers in Africa, how are communication technologies catalysing open, sustainable and inclusive development in the region?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Deepening financial inclusion
  • Catalysing an environment for growth
  • Unleashing the power of open development

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Energy in Africa: A Brighter Future

What are the latest developments in addressing energy infrastructure constraints?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Understanding the changing energy landscape
  • Learning from innovative energy reforms
  • Optimizing the range of energy sources

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Facing Africa's Future

Significant challenges to Africa's resilience - widespread unemployment, unstable commodity prices and rising inequality - are counterpoised with the continent's rich opportunities - youthful population, burgeoning infrastructure and rapid economic growth. How can fresh insights and innovations emerging from Africa's transformative connectivity, consumer power and dynamic talent motivate us to deliver on Africa's promise?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Measuring and accelerating progress on new and existing initiatives
  • Taking action with bold decisions and innovations
  • Acting together through creative partnerships

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Forward Leadership

How are the aspirations of Africa's future leaders being integrated into business, government and civil society?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Understanding shifting dynamics of peer groups and value trends influencing youth
  • Overcoming stereotypes about youth
  • Elevating young people into leadership roles
  • Sharing experiences across national, linguistic and generational boundaries

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Governance Best Practices

How are African leaders driving positive change and creating enabling environments for growth?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Sharing best practices
  • Tackling barriers to change
  • Prioritizing reforms

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Healthy Families, Healthy Economy

Is Africa poised to realize the economic potential of its demographic dividend?

Session objectives:

  • Define the demographic dividend
  • Examine economic growth through voluntary family planning and efficient health systems
  • Explore investment in young people's health to prepare for tomorrow's productive workforce

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Higher Learning

How can African universities position themselves as hubs of innovation and capacity-building?

Session objectives:

  • Explore the future of online education
  • Increase linkages between education systems and employers
  • Connect academic research to policy-making and intellectual leadership

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Infrastructure Development through Mining

How can the region capitalize on the mining sector to maximize infrastructure development?

Session objectives:

  • Move from single- to multi-purpose
  • Facilitate resource corridors
  • Encourage new financing models that leverage investment partnerships

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An Insight, An Idea with Arif Naqvi

A conversation with Arif Naqvi about defining private equity 3.0 for Africa's social and economic development

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An Insight, An Idea with Calestous Juma

A conversation with Professor Calestous Juma on the role of science and technology in realizing the next frontier of growth for Africa

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An Insight, An Idea with Mo Ibrahim

A conversation with Mo Ibrahim about his perspectives on the role of civil society

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An Insight, An Idea with Morgan Tsvangirai

A conversation with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai about the future of Zimbabwe

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An Insight, An Idea with Pedro Pires

A conversation with Cape Verde President emeritus Pedro Pires about his perspectives on leadership legacies

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An Insight, An Idea with Uhuru Kenyatta

A conversation with President Uhuru Kenyatta on the future of Kenya

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Integrating to Compete

How can regional integration reinforce competitiveness across the continent?

Session objectives:

  • Examine key tools and drivers for integration
  • Define role of the private sector
  • Explore implementation of RECs

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Made in Africa

How can Africa tap into local innovation to launch globally recognized brands?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Facilitating access to regional and global markets
  • Removing supply chain barriers
  • Achieving quality standards

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Mapping the African Growth Landscape

What sectors and industries hold the most promise for growth and diversification in the next decade?

Session objectives:

  • Examine project sector potential
  • Explore models of diversification
  • Leverage regional comparative advantages

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Mapping the African Infrastructure Landscape

What progress has been made and what accelerating factors are necessary for infrastructure development over the next decade?

Session objectives:

  • Understand the current state of infrastructure
  • Prioritize future infrastructure needs
  • Identify factors accelerating investment

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Mapping the African Jobs Landscape

What sectors and industries hold the most promise for job creation over the next decade?

Session objectives:

  • Project high job-growth sectors based on national comparative advantages
  • Identify implications for human resource needs
  • Assess re-skilling the workforce for projected jobs

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Myth Busting: Investing in Africa

How are successful examples disproving common misconceptions of investment risk in Africa?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Separating perception from reality
  • Gaining access to the right information
  • Growing local businesses into global players

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New Solutions: Accelerating Infrastructure Financing

What new financing solutions are bridging the gaps in the provision of infrastructure funding?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Creating mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Establishing appropriate capital structures
  • Strengthening risk mitigation instruments

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New Solutions: Arts, Culture and Media

How can Africa's creative culture be more fully developed and shared across borders through art and media?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Capturing the evolving narrative and dialogue on African aspirations
  • Unleashing creative talent through theatre and multimedia
  • Elevating new voices from rural areas and underrepresented communities

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New Solutions: Entrepreneurship Unlocked

How can Africa's entrepreneurs be transformed into global champions?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Adapting policy ecosystems to bolster entrepreneurship
  • Improving access to capital for SMEs
  • Connecting to global value chains
  • Attracting talent from the returning diaspora

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New Solutions: Investing in Green Growth

How are stakeholders partnering to create green growth investment opportunities in Africa?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Leveraging private investment through public action
  • Diverting investments from conventional to green alternatives
  • Building synergies between development and growth agendas

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New Solutions: Mobility of Productive Resources

What efforts remain to facilitate mobility of productive resources regionally and continentally, and what can be learned from success stories?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Increasing talent mobility
  • Strengthening regional flows of capital
  • Freeing the movement of goods

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New Solutions: Scaling Social Innovation

How can social innovation in Africa be scaled up for greater impact?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Leveraging experimentation of social enterprises
  • Fostering innovative partnerships and financing models
  • Targeting policies and incentives for growth

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New Solutions: Skilling and Scaling

How can Africa's workforce acquire the skills needed to succeed in the public and private sectors?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Addressing skills mismatches through secondary and higher education
  • Developing programmes for vocational skills and apprenticeships
  • Integrating informal-sector models into the formal-labour market

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Oceans: A New Resource Frontier for Africa

Thirty-eight of 54 African countries have access to a coast, and ocean-related activities employ over 50 million people in Africa. Join a conversation about the crucial role of ocean resources for Africa's growth.

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Resource Wealth Management

What lessons from mineral value management can be applied to other resources?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Promoting value-maximizing models of resource ownership
  • Wealth funds and commodity exchanges
  • Existing multistakeholder partnerships

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Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

From an African perspective, what themes should pave the way towards the post-2015 development agenda?

Session objectives:

  • Build an inclusive agenda
  • Formulate measureable and attainable goals
  • Rethink development frameworks

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Social Entrepreneurs Award 2013 for Africa

Social Entrepreneurs implement innovative solutions to social and environmental problems with financially sustainable models. The Schwab Foundation announces the 2013 Africa Social Entrepreneurs of the Year from different sectors and countries across the region.

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Thinking Ahead with Young Global Leaders

In these times of increased global complexity and economic uncertainty, the world needs to rely more than ever on innovation and creativity. Young Global Leaders give three short talks on how to adopt creative solutions for a stronger economy.

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Working Women: From Talent to Leadership

As one-half of Africa's talent pool, how can women's human capital potential be more fully engaged?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Increasing the number of female graduates in relevant fields
  • Building productivity in agriculture and other sectors
  • Integrating women in decision-making and leadership positions

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