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Adesina, Elumelu, Graca Machel to Co-Chair WEF at Kigali

Posted: May 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Tony Elumelu, chairman of the United Bank for Africa Group and Transnational Corporation of Nigeria will be among dignitaries to co-chairs the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa slated for Kigali, capital of Rwanda from May 11 to 13, 2016.

Other co-chairs at the event with the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation,” include: Graca Machel, former first lady of Mozambique and widow of Nelson Mandela; Phillipe le Houerou, chief executive of the International Finance Corporation and Tarek Sultan Al Esso, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board Agility.

Regional and global leaders in business, government and civil society are expected to convene in Kigali  to discuss digital economy, key global and regional challenges, and agree on strategic actions to deliver shared prosperity across the continent.

Adesina, an Agricultural Economist, immediate past president of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, as well as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, will be on the chair alongside a fellow Nigerian, Elumelu, founder of the Elumelu Foundation Foundation and pan-African investment conglomerate, Heirs Holdings.

At an interview on CNBC aired last Friday, Elumelu, who unveiled his plans for his role as chairman of WEF Africa In Kigali says he plans to draw from his wealth of experience as a serial investor and renowned businessman with stakes in major sectors of Africa’s economic landscape to speak on harnessing the continent’s potential for digital transformation.

“Africa is bursting at the seams with homegrown solutions and digital resources that can power its transformation”, says Mr. Elumelu. “We need to critically examine these solutions and galvanize support for immediate implementation. I am happy that WEF Africa provides a perfect opportunity for business leaders like myself to do this.”

The co chairs will sit on several panels at the forum discussing issues ranging from Energy to transportation as they affect the African economies.

Also attending the WEF Africa this year are 14 Heads of states from across the African continent.