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From Potential to Prosperity: Africa's Long-term Future

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GIBS - Illovo
Mgibe Ndhlovu: +27 11 771 4194
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This high-level two-day conference taking place from 2 - 3 September covers Africa’s evolving role in the world, economic growth and development prospects, climate change and trajectories for specific countries. 

Africa has seen progress in areas such as life expectancy and health, but on most indices of wellbeing
such as average income, many African countries lag further and further behind global averages. Instead
of narrowing the gap, the last four decades have seen an acceleration of the growing disparities
between Africa and the rest of the world.

What needs to happen to close the gap between Africa and its global peers?

This high-level conference will answer this important question. It builds on more than a decade of
strategic foresight analysis, such as scenario planning and forecasting by the Institute for Security
Studies African Futures & Innovation programme, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s Future
of Business project.

Governments, business, academia and key futurists will come together with African leaders to explore
how Africa’s potential can translate into prosperity. Drawing on the ISS and GIBS research and
forecasting capabilities, stakeholders invested in the future of Africa can jointly explore alternative long-term
prospects for the continent.

Fee Structure:

  • Please note that this early bird discount ends on the 30 June 2020
  • Registration fees from 1 July 2020 will be R3000
  • Fees for attending only one of the two days will be R1500.
  • To book one day, please contact Mgibe Ndhlovu at 
On-campus accommodation is available at the Illovo Hotel - or at participating hotels within walking distance from the conference venue.

Illovo Hotel
22 Melville Road, Illovo Sandton, 2196
011 268 5565

Call for partners: Open until 30 May 2020
Interested organisations are invited to propose specific sessions/themes lasting up to two hours. Short motivation must include the sessions' focus, structure and content. Panels should have a chair/host and no more than three speakers.

Preference will be given to hosts able to cover the costs associated with their panel but this is not a requirement.
Submit bids to Jakkie Cilliers and/or Marius Oosthuizen

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