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Jonathan assures successful WEF Africa meeting

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Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan (centre). PHOTO: Nigerian Government

Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan indicated that the arrangements for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which is scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from 7 to 9 May, would ensure a smooth and successful meeting.

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“The World Economic Forum on Africa 2014 will go ahead as planned following assurances by Nigeria’s President Jonathan and his government on the robustness of the security arrangements that are being put in place for the meeting,” the forum said.

“The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa comes at a crucial time for the continent. It will bring together over 1,000 leaders from across politics, business and civil society including Premier Li Keqiang of China, eleven African heads of state and government as well as President Jonathan and senior members of the Nigerian government.”

The conference, which is expected to focus on forging inclusive growth and creating jobs, will also emphasise Africa’s growth trajectory, which is projected to remain above five per cent in 2014.

Jonathan said regarding the meeting, “For Africa to remain relevant, we need to adequately educate our people, as it is through education that we can unlock the potential of our youth to enable Africa to compete globally, and create jobs in the new knowledge economy”.

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WEF Africa will see Dangote Group president and chief executive, Aliko Dangote as a co-chair along with Bineta Diop, special envoy for women, peace and security at the African Union, and Telkom Group chairman, Jabu Mabuza, to name a few.