Africa: Past, Present, Future
Africa’s strong commitment and progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the past decades have resulted in exponential growth and have holistically improved livelihoods. With the SDGs in sight, the narrative for Africa is shifting from one of 'deficits' and 'gaps' to one of prospects, opportunities, ventures and creativity.
Today, Africa is an emergent market that is home to 17% of the world’s population and has consumer spending of over $4.1 trillion. Already business environments, investment, and mutually beneficial partnerships and opportunities are improving and growing. Together, these elements present countless prospects for both the present and the continent’s future. However, it is worth noting that the future is not withstanding obstacles as extraordinary challenges threaten to paralyze achievements and reverse gains. Radical and innovative efforts need to be made to build the best future and to ensure Africa’ continuous prosperity.
To better understand and explore Africa’s challenges and opportunities, Oxford’s Africa Business Forum 2021 will draw on the experience of leaders and experts working in and across the continent to share learnings from the past, present successes, future ideas and initiatives for Africa. Together we will reflect on Africa's Past, Present and Future.
The Forum will focus on two core thematic areas:
Progressing Forward: Achieving the SDGs and Good Governance
Building the Future: Economic Transformation and Driving Opportunities