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This year’s theme is “Africa 2020: Creating clear visions for future prosperity.” 2020 not only represents the year we are currently in, but also represents the 20/20 vision necessary to execute on our collective goals. Which brings us to the overarching question for this conference: What is our collective vision for Africa? In other words, what is the Africa we want to see in 20 years? How can we harness our capabilities and resources to make that vision a reality? What will our narrative be?
In order to fully understand our vision, we must also understand where the continent stands today relative to the future. We must be fully aware of the current challenges we are facing such as the infrastructure gap, underdeveloped capital markets, misallocation of resources, access to electricity, sustainable energy production, food insecurity, and environmental degradation. We must also understand our advantages and opportunities - a rapidly growing young population, economic integration fostered by free trade agreements, increasing popularity of our creative industries, and the penetration of digital technology in our urban and rural communities.
As in the past, we are bringing together over 1,000 people from across the African continent and diaspora: students, professionals, officials, executives, creators, thought leaders, and all inventive minds in between. This year, your input is critical.
Below are 3 questions for all attendees to think about and prepare to discuss at the conference:
20 years from now, when I think of the word “Africa”, what do I want to see?
How will I play a direct role in this vision, starting today?
After committing to this role, how will I hold myself accountable?
To help stimulate the dialogue, we are curating a set of panels and discussions encompassing the essential challenges and opportunities within our various industries. We hope each panel session will provide you with ideas on the direct role you can play in developing the narrative you see for the continent.
We believe that the Africa Business Conference will leave you with meaningful insights, takeaways, and connections that will spur you to actualize your vision for Africa’s future. We look forward to having you in Boston in February!
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The Africa Business Club is a student-run organisation of the Harvard Business School. It provides services and resources for African students, students who've worked in Africa and any student with a professional or cultural interest in Africa. It also promotes the engagement of the African business community with Harvard Business School.