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Follow the World Economic Forum on Africa Online

Desirée Mohindra, Senior Manager, Media, Tel.: +41 22 869 1462,

  • Join the Virtual Pre-Meeting Press Conference on the World Economic Forum on Africa at 11.00 am CEST, 28 April 2011 and submit your questions through Facebook and Twitter
  • Stay up to date with participants’ views on the official Forum Blog 
  • Watch sessions broadcast live and on-demand on the Forum’s Livestream and Facebook channels

Geneva, Switzerland – Join and follow this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, on 4-6 May 2011 through and all major social networks. 

Virtual Press Conference

Meet Katherine Tweedie, Director, Head of Africa, through the Virtual Pre-Meeting Press Conference on the World Economic Forum on Africa at 11.00 am CEST, where the key participants and highlights of the meeting will be announced. Use the Forum’s Livestream channel and Facebook page to join the press conference and ask your questions.

Social Media Corner and Davos Debates

The Social Media Corner in the Congress Centre will bring Africa to you, inviting discussion and debate on the theme “From Vision to Action, Africa’s Next Chapter”. The Social Media Corner will also facilitate the Davos Debates YouTube Channel, where cameras will capture participants answering the question, “How can we translate vision to action in Africa?”


Join 1.4 million followers of the World Economic Forum Twitter list for updates and as-it-happens headlines during the World Economic Forum on Africa. You can also follow the World Economic Forum on Twitter @Davos as well as through its live tweet account @WEF, where key quotes from plenary sessions will appear. For community-specific updates and insights, follow the Forum’s community Twitter accounts: @SchwabFound, @TechPioneers and @YGLVoices. The official hashtag of the 2011 World Economic Forum on Africa is #WEF. Please use this hashtag in all your tweets about the meeting.


The Forum Blog will give you behind the scenes insight, session updates and reveal participant opinions. At, join the Forum’s 69,000 Facebook fans to get meeting updates, photos, videos and blogs.


Photos of the event will be available free of charge through Flickr.


Key plenary sessions will be webcast live at On demand videos will also be available at or via the Forum’s YouTube channel after the meeting.

The Co-Chairs of the meeting who will help shape the agenda are:

  • Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé, Switzerland; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Global Agenda Council on Water Security
  • Timothy Flynn, Chairman, KPMG International, USA
  • P. Mpho Makwana, Chairman, Eskom Holdings, South Africa
  • Linah K. Mohohlo, Governor of the Bank of Botswana; Regional Agenda Council on Africa
  • Rajiv J. Shah, Administrator, USAID - US Government Agency for International Development, USA; Young Global Leader
  • Jubril Adewale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando, Nigeria; Young Global Leader

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