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#Pulse@NYFA Highlights of 3-day Pan-African summit

"Africa is the country of the future, each sector of activities has opportunities we must seize, so as to create more jobs, renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, education, digital industries which will promote growth in the continent."

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Deputy director general UNESCO, Mr Getachew Engida, Panelist on the 'women in leadership' session play

Deputy director general UNESCO, Mr Getachew Engida, Panelist on the 'women in leadership' session

(NYFA 2015)

The Pan African forum which was held in Libreville,Gabon from August 28-30, 2015 can be referred to the most powerful African summit this year, as it brought together on one platform political and business leaders from around the world as well as journalists in order to discuss pragmatic solutions to our the continent's economy.

The pre-forum which focused on the importance of the participation of youth’s in the progress of the continent, had paradigm changers from various parts of the world as panelists.

The event was declared opened by the President of Gabon His Excellency‘ Ali Bongo Ondimba.’

The president's speech was based on need to diversify as oil is falling, he emphasized on the need to take risks and seize opportunities.

In his words “Africa is the country of the future, each sector of activities has opportunities we must seize, so as to create more jobs, renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, education, digital industries which will promote growth in the continent.”

President of Gabon, during an interactive section play

President of Gabon, during an interactive section

(NYFA 2015)

The quote which was a take home for the audience was that of ‘Professor George Njenga’ which emphasized on the need for Africans to unite, being that he has noticed the segregation between the anglophone and the francophone Africans.

Read: Pan-Africanism should be what unites the continent

Same as it’s first day, the second day staged world leaders, it kicked off with a ‘ministers’ session’ where Transforming Gabon was discussed.

It was focused on the energy of Africa’s opportunities

The audience during the 'my role in the society session' moderated by Chude Jideonwo (Managing Partner, Red Media Africa, Nigeria) play

The audience during the 'my role in the society session' moderated by Chude Jideonwo (Managing Partner, Red Media Africa, Nigeria)

(NYFA 2015)

During this session, the Gabon mining MD, Nze-Nekale called for transparency in attracting investors to the Gabon mining sector.

In his words, ‘We need to attract mining investors in Gabon and we need to make their exploratory projects easy through transparency.’

Speaking on Africa’s opportunities was not complete till encouraging and acknowledging the need for developing female leaders for the future.

During the ‘Women in leadership’ session, it was summarized that  Africa’s untapped potential was in girls and women. Beyonce’s song ‘who runs the world’ was appreciated.

On education, ‘Deputy director general UNESCO, Mr Getachew Engida’ gave an educative speech on how girls and women should be empowered in to realise their full potentials.

Ivor Ichikowitz , a South African industrialist has kicked off the low-airline model with his Fly Air Airline that is poised to connecting Africans within Africa.  play

Ivor Ichikowitz, a South African industrialist has kicked off the low-airline model with his Fly Air Airline that is poised to connecting Africans within Africa. 

(NYFA 2015)

 

We have to insist on their civic participation, in order to realise the full potentials of this women” he said

Read: "We need to diversify, oil is failing"

On day three, business moguls, ceo’s, political leaders, entrepreneurs, urged for more of the intellectual sessions, as it was the last day.

In conversation with Alan Kasujja on Africa's transformation at the New York Forum Africa, Dr Lopes revealed that Africa has enough to finance her own innovations.

Alan Kasujja, during his conversation on Africa's transformation play

Alan Kasujja, during his conversation on Africa's transformation

(NYFA)

 

In his words, 'One of the reasons why Africa's trade is not so valuable is that we don't master intellectual property. Africa has enough to finance her own innovations: she has more than $500bn in savings that should be leverage.'

Without doubts, this further show that participants and panelists will build on previous years’ discussions to focus on the concrete measures that will be needed to drive Africa’s transformation in its next stage of development.

Read: Pan African Summit enters Day 3

The New York Forum Africa  is an annual event which brings together political and business leaders from around the world as well as journalists in order to create a global meeting where economic issues and growth can be discussed with solutions proferred.

The NYFA is created by Richard Attias, former organizer of the World Economic Forum and co-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Read: 10 notable quotes from Pan African business summit

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