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African leaders seek partnerships at World Economic Forum in Davos

African leaders seek partnerships at World Economic Forum in Davos

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<p><strong>African political and business leaders have joined other heads of state from the rest of the world as well as global business executives at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.</strong></p> <p>The leaders have taken to social media to share their messages and objectives with their citizens back home.</p> <p>Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa said his ‘message is simple’. He will be telling the delegates at the forum that ‘the new Zimbabwe is open for business, looking to the future and ready to take its place among the family of nations’.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Landed in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Davos?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Davos</a> for the <a href="https://twitter.com/wef?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>wef</a>. This is the first time in history a Zimbabwean president has attended. My message is simple – the new <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Zimbabwe?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Zimbabwe</a> is open for business, looking to the future, and ready to retake its place in the family of nations <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WEF18?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WEF18</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Davos2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Davos2018</a></p>&mdash; President of Zimbabwe (</code>edmnangagwa) <a href="https://twitter.com/edmnangagwa/status/955492166217891840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Rwanda’s Paul Kagame who is scheduled to speak at the Washington Post Foreign Policy Lunch ad the Peace-building in Africa session shared videos and images friom meetings with Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President Kagame meets with founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma and <span class="caps">IFAD</span>'s President Gilbert F. Houngbo on the sidelines of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WEF18?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WEF18</a> <a href="https://t.co/6foiOQaJof">pic.twitter.com/6foiOQaJof</a></p>— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) <a href="https://twitter.com/UrugwiroVillage/status/955860714454945792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Video: President Kagame attends the first day of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WEF18?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WEF18</a> in Davos. <a href="https://t.co/nIg97y3HCW">pic.twitter.com/nIg97y3HCW</a></p>— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) <a href="https://twitter.com/UrugwiroVillage/status/955824393808220160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The South African presidency also shared updates from meetings by its delegation at the forum, led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in meetings with other leaders on the margins of the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland <a href="https://t.co/j0IGDLobvQ">pic.twitter.com/j0IGDLobvQ</a></p>— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) <a href="https://twitter.com/PresidencyZA/status/955880331411894277?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cyril Ramaphosa didn't issue any statement about this, but he had an interesting meeting with the <span class="caps">IMF</span> today in Davos to discuss future “reforms” in South Africa <a href="https://t.co/9XaWc8bH0o">pic.twitter.com/9XaWc8bH0o</a></p>— Geoffrey York (@geoffreyyork) <a href="https://twitter.com/geoffreyyork/status/955889731950252032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Business leaders from Africa including Africa Development Bank (AfDB) president, Akinwumi Adesina are at the forum, sharing the investment opportunities that are available on the continent.</p> <p>‘‘We have launched a $500 million fund to support businesses in Africa that are producing power in a decentralised way,’‘ said AfDB’s Adesina.</p> <p>‘‘I am here to tell the Nigerian story, how we are using new technology to drive financial inclusion. It’s time to tell stories of what we are doing right and how, together, we can scale it,’‘ said Diamond Bank <span class="caps">CEO</span> Uzoma Dozie.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just landed in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Davos?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Davos</a> w/delegation led by <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyOElumelu?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>TonyOElumelu</a> . </code> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wef2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wef2018</a> we’re seeking more robust engagement by the global economic community on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AfricanEntrepreneurs?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AfricanEntrepreneurs</a>. We’ll share the progress startups are making in tackling unemployment across Africa. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AfricaAtDavos?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AfricaAtDavos</a> 4 highlights! <a href="https://t.co/27jETwpkMO">pic.twitter.com/27jETwpkMO</a></p>— Parminder Vir <span class="caps">OBE</span> (@ParminderVir) <a href="https://twitter.com/ParminderVir/status/955887440727891969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Held under the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, the four-day forum is exclusively co-chaired by women who include; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (<span class="caps">ITUC</span>), Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (<span class="caps">CERN</span>); Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer of <span class="caps">ENGIE</span>; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (<span class="caps">IMF</span>); Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of <span class="caps">IBM</span> Corporation; Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chair of the Mann Deshi Foundation; and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. </p> <p>The forum’s programme is built around four key objectives; driving sustained economic progress, navigating a multipolar and multi-conceptual world, overcoming divisions in society and shaping the agile governance of technology.</p> <p>American President Donald Trump who is expected at the forum will also meet with the incoming African Union chairperson, Paul Kagame.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">National Security Adviser <span class="caps">GEN</span> McMaster says that at Davos, <span class="caps">POTUS</span> will meet with the head of the African Union, Rwandan President Paul Kagame.</p>— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) <a href="https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/955907207178137601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

I am here to tell the Nigerian story, how we are using new technology to drive financial inclusion. It's time to tell stories of what we are doing right and how, together, we can scale it.