“We must develop a comprehensive and globally shared view … There has never been a time of greater promise, or greater peril.” — Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

The 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa will hold its annual regional summit in Cape Town from 4-6 September 2019 under the theme “Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)”. The event will convene more than 1 000 regional and global leaders from politics, business, civil society, and academia to shape regional and industry agendas in the year ahead.

Africa, the world’s youngest continent, has a positive economic outlook, however, with some of the fastest-growing emerging and developing countries, the continent still faces many challenges from political to climate-related environment vulnerability.

According to WEF, 4IR signals a new era for regional partnerships and entrepreneurial and agile leadership to create pathways for shared prosperity and drive a sustainable future. The programme in Cape Town, South Africa, aims to tackle these issues by focusing on how to scale up the transformation of regional architecture related to smart institutions, investment, integration, industry, and innovation.

By Adri Senekel de Wet, Executive Editor: African Independent, Business Report and Personal Finance

A new era dawns