World Economic Forum Put Focus on Inclusive Growth & Jobs


At the conclusion of the World Economic Forum on Africa on May 9, the organisers said the meeting had resulted in $68 million in new investment for the contiinent. More than 1000 leaders from business, government, civil society and academia took part in the the three-day meeting, despite security concerns. Economic growth and progress in reducing poverty were major topics under discussion with the programme built around the themes of Accelerating Society's Transformation; Deepening Investment Partnerships; and Redesigning Growth Models.

Africa Rising Discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria 2014.

  • Africa:  Connected Solutions to Power, and Empower, Africa

    World Economic Forum, 9 May 2014

    Roughly two out of three sub-Saharan Africans - around 600 million people - have no access to electricity. Incidentally, approximately the same number remain without a mobile ... read more »

  • Africa:  How Africa Is Reinventing the Social Enterprise

    World Economic Forum, 9 May 2014

    What does sustainability mean to Africa? The continent has embraced the buzzword in the same way Western nations have, but are we adapting it to the African context? read more »

  • Africa:  Are Tech Companies Key to African Growth?

    World Economic Forum, 9 May 2014

    As tech companies begin to take root and grow in Africa, I believe we have an opportunity to change lives, forge communities and build the continent. read more »

  • Africa:  Investors Should Wake Up to Africa

    World Economic Forum, 9 May 2014

    Africa's rise is increasingly taken for granted, but the corresponding quantity and quality of investment flows often don't match up to the positive sentiment. Indeed, emerging ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  #bringbackourgirls - Safe Schools Initiative Launched

    World Economic Forum, 9 May 2014

    Bring Back our Daughters. Protect the Future of Our Girls. The messages on the banners held by heartbroken mothers and fathers could not be clearer. The parents of the girls who ... read more »

  • Africa:  Africa Cannot Afford to Fail Its Youth

    World Economic Forum, 9 May 2014

    The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa takes place at an important time for the continent. This year saw the death of Nelson Mandela, one of Africa's most eminent sons; 2014 marks ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  My World Economic Forum Takeaways

    This Day, 12 May 2014

    As we expect life in Abuja to return to normal, hopefully for the better, I feel the urge to share my thoughts about the World Economic Forum (WEF). read more »

  • Nigeria:  World Economic Forum On Africa Attracts U.S.$68 Billion Investments, Says Organiser

    Vanguard, 12 May 2014

    The just concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa has attracted over 68 billion dollars (about N12.9 trillion) in investment to the African continent, Dr Philipp Rosler, the ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  WEF Launches U.S.$1.7 Trillion Devt Initiative for Africa

    Vanguard, 12 May 2014

    The World Economic Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation has set up a joint task force to redesign development financing for Africa and other developing economies. read more »

  • Africa:  Call for Visa-Free Africa Dominates World Economic Forum on Africa

    The New Times, 10 May 2014

    Calls for visa free movements around Africa for African passport holders dominated the just concluded World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria that ended yesterday. read more »

  • Africa:  WEF Pools U.S.$68 Billion for Investment in Africa, Scores WEFA High

    This Day, 9 May 2014

    As the curtains drew on the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) in the Nigerian capital, Abuja Friday, the Davos, Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEF), organisers of the ... read more »

  • Africa:  Advising Global Leaders At the World Economic Forum On Africa

    Institute for Security Studies, 9 May 2014

    In a panel discussion on 9 May at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, Anton du Plessis, Managing Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), ... read more »

  • Africa:  Africa's Future Overshadowed By Nigeria's Present At WEF

    Deutsche Welle, 9 May 2014

    In Nigeria's capital Abuja, the World Economic Forum on Africa was overshadowed by discussions about the region's security. The message that Africa holds great promise for the ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  WEF - Nigeria, Other African Countries Get N11.2 Trillion Commitment On Fresh Investments

    Premium Times, 9 May 2014

    Nigeria and other African countries on Friday received commitment from various foreign investors for fresh investments totalling about $68 billion (N11.22 trillion). read more »

  • Africa:  World Economic Forum Africa - Not What You Imagine

    allAfrica.com, 8 May 2014

    The official conference hasn't even started yet, except for an opening reception I missed last night because the Rockefeller Foundation – a Forum strategic partner – ... read more »

  • Africa:  Four Overlooked Factors Behind Africa's Economic Success

    World Economic Forum, 8 May 2014

    The African economic success story is by now a well-reported fact. More than half of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa, and the continent's economy is ... read more »

  • Africa:  Lagos, City of Dreams and Nightmares

    World Economic Forum, 8 May 2014

    A few hundred miles from Abuja, the host city of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2014, lies the sprawling city of Lagos. This city, more than any other in Africa, illustrates ... read more »

  • Africa:  How Africa Is Fighting Back Against Ebola

    World Economic Forum, 7 May 2014

    This year's outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Guinea has killed 147 people, and counting. In 2013, Ebola and Marburg viruses re-emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo and ... read more »

  • Africa:  It's Not Just About Growth, Its About the Right Kind Of Growth

    allAfrica.com, 4 May 2014

    Around this time every year, I often get asked the same question; isn't the World Economic Forum just one big talking shop? It's a fair one. Once every twelve months, leaders from ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Why Nigeria Needs To Focus On Inclusive Growth

    World Economic Forum, 7 May 2014

    Countries and governments that host World Economic Forum meetings have a habit of attracting the attention of the world's media, but this will hardly need to be the case when ... read more »

  • Africa:  #BringBackOurGirls and protect all Nigeria's schoolchildren

    World Economic Forum, 7 May 2014

    The kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria is beyond outrageous. Sadly, it is just the latest battle in a savage war waged against the fundamental right of all ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  13 Heads of State, 1000 Delegates for WEF in Abuja

    Vanguard, 6 May 2014

    NO fewer than 13 heads of state and about 1,000 delegates are expected to participate in the World Economic Forum, WEF, on Africa beginning tomorrow in Abuja. read more »

  • Nigeria:  WEFA - 13 Heads of State, Over 1,000 Delegates Confirm Participation

    This Day, 6 May 2014

    About 48 hours before the commencement of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA), no fewer than 13 heads of state and more than 1,000 delegates from across the globe are billed ... read more »

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'Securing the Future' panel at the World Economic Forum with AllAfrica's Amadou Mahtar Ba presiding.