The media tend to highlight the lowlights of events in Africa, such as terrorism, the recent Ebola outbreak and volatility in oil and gas prices. Yet people involved in the African economy recognize the important gains that are improving its long-term outlook. South of the Sahara, foreign direct investment has risen sixfold since 2000, and the population is leapfrogging to new technologies such as mobile banking. Many African nations are positioned for dramatic economic growth, with expanding consumer markets. Regional cooperation is markedly improving and new infrastructure and technology are being put into place. This panel will bring together African heads of state, business leaders and global investors to discuss the vast continent’s role in the world economy, strategies for accelerating progress and emerging investment opportunities.
Mindy Silverstein, Managing Director, Milken Institute
Bronwyn Nielsen, Group Executive Director, ABN Group; Editor in Chief, CNBC Africa
Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
H.E. Paul Kagame , President, Republic of Rwanda
Scott Minerd, Chairman of Investments and Global Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners
Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals