THE Fourth Industrial Revolution and its influence on the economic development of Africa will be high on the agenda of the World Economic Forum when it convenes in Cape Town this week.
President Hage Geingob departed for Cape Town earlier today to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa 2019 edition which will take place under the theme “Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
The gathering attracts over 1100 delegates from around the world; drawn from government, business, politics, academia and civil society to discuss the African Union’s Agenda 2063, under the four sub-themes of: Innovation: Readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Cooperation: Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship – Growth: Digitalization and Competitive Industries – Stability: Leadership and Institutional Governance
According to a statement issued by the Namibian Presidency President Geingob will officiate at the Deloitte and Touche Business Dinner, hosted in his honour with top executives, drawn from companies such as J.P Morgan, DHL, Mastercard, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Microsoft for Afrika Initiative.
During the WEF Plenaries on, President Geingob will deliver interventions on the following thematic issues: “Achieving Universal Health Coverage” and on Africa, “Rising Continent in a Fractured World” alongside selected Heads of State and Government.
President Geingob will also hold a bilateral meeting with the Founder and Chairperson of the World Economic Forum, Prof. Klaus Schwab.
In addition to courtesy calls by company executives, President Geingob will share Namibia’s experience on poverty eradication in a 45-minute interview with the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Ms Winnie Byanyima.
Dr. Geingob was officially invited to attend the conference by President Cyril Ramaphosa.