Six presidents are expected to attend next week’s World economic Forum –WEF Africa 2016 in Kigali Rwanda, according to the statement from the forum on Friday.
The presidents who have already confirmed attendance include Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, Alpha Condé, President of Guinea; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, Macky Sall President of Senegal, Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo, Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia as well as the host Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
While vice presidents include; Cyril M. Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa; Samia Suluhu, Vice-President of Tanzania; Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh and Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire with also Rwanda’s Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi.
The forum expected to kick off on Wednesday May 11 to May 13 ad hosted under the theme, Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation will look at how to build stronger economies on the continent focusing on knowledge and ingenuity rather than natural resources.
“An entrepreneurial, knowledge-intensive economy is the foundation for inclusive growth in Rwanda and beyond,” said Ambassador Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.
He adds, “The Forum allows us to take this conversation further and identify opportunities for public-private partnership that will generate more jobs and higher living standards in Africa as a whole.”
The forum that will attract over 1,200 leaders from government, business, civil society, academia, media and the arts comes at the time the continent is shifting from labour intensive to technology led economies.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution presents a unique opportunity to build stronger, fairer, more prosperous societies,” said Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum.
Also, the forum is hosted on the continent as it faces declining oil prices amidst slowing economies where International Monetary Fund-IMF lowered its projected growth for Africa to 3 percent this year up from 4.3 percent previously.
The forum confirmed the attendance Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Finance of Zimbabwe, Minister of Economy, Finance, Industry and Planning of Djibouti, Joshua Setipa, Minister of Trade and Industry of Lesotho, Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Somalia.