President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday left for Cape Town, South Africa, where he will join other leaders for the 28th World Economic Forum on Africa.
‘‘The Forum’s theme (Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution), is timely.’’ The president said.
Over 1,000 world leaders, start-up founders, development experts, artists and activists are expected to attend the for the 28th World Economic Forum on Africa which runs from 4-6 September
Heads of government, of industry, academics civil society leaders will be seeking new ways forward on some of the top challenges Africa faces, particularly: innovation, sustainable development, digitalization and governance, all under the summit’s theme “Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
African leaders boycott event over xenophobic
According to African News Agency, The presidents of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi have decided not to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa hosted by South Africa in the face of ongoing looting and burning of small businesses in that country owned largely by African immigrants.
The chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned the attacks, which have seen scores of people arrested in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria.
Some South Africans say they are retaliating against crime committed by foreigners and the sale of illicit goods by foreign shop owners, but political analysts say African immigrants have become scapegoats for rising anger over joblessness and general economic woes.
In a statement on Tuesday, the African Union Commission’s Faki called for “immediate steps to protect the lives of people and their property, ensure that all perpetrators are brought to account for their acts, and that justice be done to those who suffered economic and other losses.”
“The chairperson reiterates the African Union’s Commission continued commitment to support the South African government in addressing the root causes that led to these despicable acts, in order to promote peace and stability, within the framework of the African Union’s longstanding principles of continental solidarity,” his spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.