'This is Africa's century' - what we learned at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town 2019

'The future is great,' said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, but the pitfalls are many. Image: World Economic Forum/ Greg Beadle

Robin Pomeroy

Podcast Editor, World Economic Forum

Anna Bruce-Lockhart

Editorial Lead, World Economic Forum


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Unemployment in sub-Saharan African, total (% of total labour force). Image: World Bank
Demonstrators outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Image: REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
Winnie Byanyima of Oxfam Image: World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek

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