The African continent’s business top brass are in Kigali Rwanda for the World Economic Forum Africa (WEFA) meeting that has kicked off today. The forum brings together delegates from government as well as from the business circles and they are expected to discuss how to grow the economy as well as improving the education of Africa.
During this meeting, the delegates will discuss in details about the future of the education sector in Africa and the introduction of the digital technology into the education sector. The growing of the economy of Africa will also dominate the session. Kenya has tried to digitize the education sector through the introduction of laptops to class one pupils though the program is yet to be fully rolled out across the country. The government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education said that it has already dispatched more than eleven thousand laptops to class one pupils.
WEFA has been into existence for more than 25 years. For these 25 years, the forum has convened African leaders in business world, government as well as civil societies to shape the future of the continent in various issues including business governance. Africa is a continent that is endowed with numerous natural resources that have not been put into good use leading to slow economic growth. At the moment, the poorest in the world is found in Africa and people still die from common curable diseases such as malaria.
Although it is said that in the past decade, the economy of the continent grew tremendously, the recent drop in commodity prices, the weakening of African currencies against the dollar which is the main tool of trade as well as other factors have shown that the continent has to do more in utilizing its natural resources as well as empowering her people economically.
Article by Juma Fred.