WEF Rwanda Ends with Call to Tap into Digital Revolution

Participants at the World Economic Forum in Rwanda

African leaders have been called on to tap into the opportunities provided by digital, viagra gender and agriculture revolutions to ensure that the continent keeps rising with its people.

The call was made at the just concluded World Economic Forum on Africa which was taking place in Kigali, information pills Rwanda.

At the forum’s last panel discussion entitled “Africa’s Pathways to Transformation”, delegates deliberated on how African economies can navigate the changing global context.

Among the key factors to drive Africa’s sustained economic growth, participants at the forum outlined: Inclusive growth; Implementation of all the changes deemed important; Special attention to women and the youth and visionary leadership.

“There has to be an ecosystem of accountability. We need to bring everyone on board and set up mechanisms under which governments, private sector, other partners work. To sustain growth, we need to have everyone play his role,” said Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete who was among the panellists.

Minister Gatete further pointed out that Africa needs to take seriously the issue of productivity, and look at the value chain from farmers to industry to ensure that it moves smoothly.

Talking about inclusive growth, Minister Gatete said that in Rwanda, men and women enjoy equal rights.

He gave an example of land property titles ownership whereby about 52 percent of the country’s land is jointly owned by men and women with the percentage of men with land titles being even lower.

“Growth should be inclusive in real sense: health, education and other sectors. We need to pay particular attention to youth and women. We will achieve a lot if we consider implementation as a vital part of the process. Finally, we should always bear in mind that leadership matters,” said Minister Gatete.


Speaking on the same panel, the President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), a foundation of African women leaders, Bineta Diop applauded Rwanda for the progress made in the last two decades, and encouraged African leaders to tap into gender, digital and agriculture revolutions.

In his closing remarks, Philip Rosler, a Member of WEF’s Managing Board commended Rwanda for “setting new standards” for the forum, and revealed that the next WEF Africa will be held in South Africa mid-next year.

Themed “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”, the three-day forum tackled a wide range of issues from digital revolution, to inclusive governance, to sustainable economic growth all in line with the on-going Fourth Industrial Revolution.

WEF Africa was attended by over 1,500 leaders from around the globe including Heads of State from host Rwanda, Kenya, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Gabon and Ethiopia; South African Deputy President, African Development President, and US Trade Representative.


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