Today, one of the most important conferences in the world will begin in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That conference is the World Economic Forum on Africa 2012. Although this is a yearly conference there is no other time in recent history that this conference has the type of significance it has now. Seven of the fastest growing economies in the world are on the continent of Africa.
“Africa is on the brink of a major transformation. Over the last decade, the continent was home to six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies, and the outlook for the region remains bright at a time when the rest of the world is facing major political and economic challenges. However, attaining Africa’s aspirations in a new global context will require bold and actionable ideas, as well as strong leadership on regional, national and industry levels.
In 2012, Africa’s projected growth rate of 6% will be driven by improved macroeconomic and political stability, an ongoing resource boom and a growing consumer base. In addition, deepening links to fast-growing emerging economies and an increasing appetite of global and regional champions for long-term investments in Africa’s frontier markets are fuelling a renewed optimism about the continent’s future. At the same time, resource price volatility, youth unemployment, food insecurity and the adverse effects of climate change remain important challenges. Strengthening Africa’s leadership, accelerating investment in its frontier markets and scaling innovation will be essential in transforming Africa’s growth story into shared opportunities for present and future generations….” (cont. Black and Brown News)