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Davos 2020: securing Africa's interests at World Economic Forum

Davos 2020: securing Africa's interests at World Economic Forum

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<p>Several political and business leaders will join their counterparts at the annual World Economic Forum that kicked off on Tuesday in the Swiss city of Davos.</p> <p>Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo and United States president Donald Trump are among 3,000 leaders of business, politics and civil society expected at the forum.</p> <p>In this article, we will keep track of major news, speeches, meetings, deals and takeaways for the African continent from this meeting of the elite global business community.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Who is attending?</h2> <p>Ghana’s president who was in London on Monday for the Un ited Kingdom-Africa Summit is one of the African leaders who will be at the summit, along with leaders from the African Union.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Actively participating and chairing sessions at 50th anniversary of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WEF?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WEF</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Davos?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Davos</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DigitalEconomy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DigitalEconomy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Africa?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Africa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Integration?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Integration</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/energy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#energy</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/transport?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#transport</a> are on my agenda <a href="https://t.co/RBgDc6GYCd">pic.twitter.com/RBgDc6GYCd</a></p>— Amani Abou-Zeid (@HEDrAbouZeid) <a href="https://twitter.com/HEDrAbouZeid/status/1219567309011988480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Notable absentees</h2> <p>‘Africa’s richest woman’, Isabel dos Santos is conspicuously absent from the meeting where she usually interacts with world leaders.</p> <p>Isabel, who is now a fugitive in her native Angola, is relentlessly using Twitter to defend herself from allegations of corruption and embezzlement of state resources.</p> <p>The Davos Forum organisers however insist that her participation was cancelled this month, before an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and 36 media partners alleged that she fleeced her country of more than $1 billion through unscrupulous dealings. </p> <p>It is not clear whether the forum or the daughter of longtime Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, cancelled the participation.</p> <a style="font-size:16px; font-color:yellow;" href="https://www.africanews.com/2020/01/21/luanda-leaks-africa-s-richest-woman-using-twitter-to-clear-her-name/"target="_blank"><span class="caps">READ</span> <span class="caps">MORE</span>: Africa’s richest woman using Twitter to ‘clear’ her name</a> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Presidency can confirm that President Cyril Ramaphosa will not attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 21 to 24 January 2020, and the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday 20 January 2020. <a href="https://t.co/IJVr1nlPXD">https://t.co/IJVr1nlPXD</a></p>— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) <a href="https://twitter.com/PresidencyZA/status/1217838034688843777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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