Agenda in Focus: Africa 2017

Africa is facing a mixed outlook for growth. Forecasts for the continent over the coming year are expected to be lower than the 5% average of the past decade. This is largely due to the dip in commodity prices and the economic slowdown in China. That said, a number of countries are growing above 6% per annum and foreign direct investment inflows continue to rise.

Overall, the divergence of Africa’s economies makes it imperative to address the challenges posed by a growing unemployed youth population and climate change, among others. Meanwhile, the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers new opportunities to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth by fast-tracking market integration in Africa.

These and many other issues are being discussed at this year's World Economic Forum on Africa 2017. You can join the conversation online at #AF17 and read further insights and in-depth analysis in this series.

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