June 4, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
SaloneJamboree CEO and Curator of the Freetown Hub of the Global Shapers Community, Murtala Mohamed Kamara, is in Cape Town, South Africa for the 25th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.
Held under the themed, “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future, the World”, this year’s forum – which runs from 3rd – 5th June – is expected to bring together leaders from business, government, civil society and academia, as well as Heads of State.
According to WEF, 2015 will mark 25 years of change in Africa. Over the past decade and a half, Africa has demonstrated a remarkable economic turnaround, growing two to three percentage points faster than global GDP. Regional growth is projected to remain stable above 5% in 2015, buoyed by rising foreign investment, particularly into the natural resources sector: increased public investment in infrastructure and higher agricultural production.
Double-digit growth is now needed for sustainable development and the onus is on leaders to address systematic structural changes that can boast investment, enhance competitiveness, strengthen risk resilience and harness opportunities arising from technology adoption in all sectors. This growth is also necessary to diminish vulnerability to commodity price fluctuation, capital market volatility, mountain public debt, climate change and persistent development challenges.
Kamara is among 80 selected Global Shapers around Africa who were selected to take part in the meetings in South Africa. He is the outgoing Curator of the Freetown Hub of Global Shapers and is expected to actively participate in the meetings, including a session on ‘Ebola: Learning from the Crisis’.
He has also been invited to several other private sessions including a BBC Africa live debate on the topic: ‘Can Renewable Meet Africa’s Energy Needs?’, which will take place on Friday June 5th (3pm to 4pm) at Protea Room, South Sun The Cullinan, Cape Town, South Africa.
The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum which seeks to improve the state of the world.