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Zuma to open WEF Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) -PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma will lead South African delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Africa set for Durban next week.

It will be held from May 3-5 under the theme, “Achieving Inclusive Growth: Responsive and Responsible Leadership.”

Zuma will lead a delegation consisting of 17 ministers.

“South Africa is honoured to host this illustrious gathering of global leaders on behalf of the African continent and we look forward to sharing our insights and homegrown successes with the rest of the continent and the world,” said Zuma.

He is pleased that WEF in Africa 2017 would focus specifically on issues that include education, skills and employment; entrepreneurship; energy; infrastructure and development finance; combating, adapting to and building resilience against climate change; and science, technology and innovation.

Zuma said as a developing constitutional democracy defined by triple challenge of inequality, poverty and employment, South Africa believed radical economic transformation was imperative to accelerating inclusive growth and eradicate these long standing challenges.

“Our international partners and investors appreciate this historical need as they know it is key to long term sustainable development for the South African economy.”

It is the second time South Africa is hosting the event, following the 2015 edition in Cape Town.

– CAJ News