WEF on Africa to discuss continental integration, employment

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The 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa scheduled to take place in South Africa in September will focus on integrating the content and protecting the working in the fourth industrial revolution, said the WEF on Thursday.

South Africa will host the WEF on Africa in Cape Town on September 4-6 with a theme — Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The WEF stated that the meeting will address supporting growth and integration through the African Continental Free Trade Area.

“Africa’s successful development depends on building the right conditions for its new generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders,” said Elsie Kanza, head of the Africa regional agenda and member of the executive committee at the WEF.

“This means smart, agile institutions; an enabling environment for innovation that includes access to skills and capital; and a determined approach by policy-makers to level the playing field and implement policies that prioritize sustainable, inclusive growth over short-term imperatives,” Kanza added.

She state that the meeting will discuss creating high-quality employment opportunities and protecting workers in the fourth industrial revolution. The participants will discuss how emerging technologies could be used to advance healthcare and prepare for epidemics.

The meeting will be attended by government, business and civil society from around the world to address challenges faced by the mankind particularly in Africa.

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