New York Forum Africa opens in Gabon

New York Forum Africa opens in Gabon

15 June 2013

The New York Forum Africa 2013 is underway in Libreville in Gabon. It's the second time the Forum has met in Africa since its beginnings in New York in 2010.

The Forum brings together business leaders and policy makers committed to making Africa a key player in the world economy.

More than 700 people are attending, including seven African heads of state.The focus this year is on how to turn opportunities for investment into actual enterprise.

Ivor Ichikowitz is the founder and executive chaiman of Paramount Group South Africa. He is passionate about the positive changes he sees happening in Africa:

"For many many years, people have spoken about the rise of Africa and it's been just about to rise. The reality is that Africans are now taking responsibility for their own future, and now the result is it really has become a reality. The fact that the world is flooding into Africa goes to prove this".

Also high on the agenda, is how to keep the best young minds and talents from leaving the continent.



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