The devastation of COVID-19, the identification of new variants and the lack of vaccines have dampened the positive outlook we have all had for the Africa continent. These factors, coupled with unrest in countries such as South Africa and eSwatini, and with more than seven national presidential elections across the continent that seldom run peacefully, do not bode well for economic recovery.
In fact, Africa is the only global continent where political violence increased in 2020, in comparison to 2019. Statistics support the impression that conflict on the continent is getting worse, not better.
The focus areas for the 2021 Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit are aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and include:
• Economic Growth and the AfCFTA
• The Agile African Entrepreneur
• Gender Equality and inclusion
• The SDGs and Building Back Better