Rwanda to Host World Economic Forum

Kigali, Rwanda will host the 26th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa this year between  May 11 – 13, 2016, Footprint to Africa reports.

The 2016 theme will be “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”.

The forum will bring together regional and international business, government and civil society leaders to discuss Africa’s growth, development and prospects as the world faces the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a unique opportunity for Africans to create a future where economies are empowered, and societies strengthened, by technology. It will be the priority of the leaders coming together in Kigali in May not just to discuss its opportunities, but also to put in place concrete plans to realize these ambitions,” Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum said.

The leaders will address among other challenges: adapting to an economic age where manpower is increasingly challenged by machine learning; building smart cities and connected, inclusive societies capable of supporting the continent’s unprecedented urbanization boom; and exploring the many ways that technology will change the way that people live, work and relate to each other.

Leading personalities who will act as Co-Chairs of the forum are: President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina; Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, Dominic Barton; Entrepreneur and Chairman, Heirs Holding, Tony O. Elumelu; Phillippe Le Houérou, Executive Vice-President and CEO International Finance Corporation (IFC); International women’s and children’s rights advocate and Founder, Foundation for Community Development (FDC)Graça  Machel; and Tarek Sultan Al Essa, CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Agility.

WEF on Africa 2016 will be held at former military facility Camp Kigali, across its main halls and tented venues.

Francis Gatare, CEO Rwanda Development Board (RDB) told Forbes Woman Africa that Rwanda wanted to have a mirror image of the Davos WEF site which is usually in a series of tented camps, interconnected by walkways.

“Even though Davos is usually snowy and cold, it will be warmer and cosy here, but that sense of a tented village; that will be the experience you will have, so for those who go to Davos often, it will be deja vu,” Gatare said.

At least 10 African heads of state are expected at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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