Turning Africa’s vision into reality


Africa has many plans for improving economic growth and development but few have translated into reality. Speakers at this seminar will explore the continent’s projected slow growth to 2040 and the solutions presented in Dr Jakkie Cilliers’ new book, Africa First!

The impact of COVID-19 on the likely current trajectory and how it could be changed will also be discussed, taking into account a range of interventions such as on demographics, health and basic infrastructure, education, agriculture, inequality and poverty, manufacturing, leapfrogging, trade, security and governance. The event will consider what is needed to help turn Africa’s fortunes around. 

Chair: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects, ISS


Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Chairperson of the ISS Board of Trustees, Head of African Futures & Innovation, ISS

Dr Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD Agency

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