Date: November 13-16, 2013
Venue: Mombasa, Kenya
Theme: Africa Rising: Myth or Reality?
Recent high growth rates and increased foreign investment in Africa by developed and emerging economies - reported by the African Development Bank - have given rise to the idea that the continent is the next global economic powerhouse. However, some pundits consider these Afro-optimism reports as hype since the growth has not translated to improved living standards amongst a majority of Africa's citizenry. Is the continent experiencing an economic renaissance? Is 'Africa Rising' a myth or reality?
Inter Region Economic Network will host a 2 day workshop to discuss this topic during the 11th Africa Resource bank Meeting. The objectives of this forum include:-
•To establish whether Africa's Rise is a myth or reality.
•To identify challenges and opportunities facing Africa in the shifting global dispensation.
•To discuss key strategies for Africa to navigate the global dispensation.
Participants who wish to make a presentation should indicate the topic they wish to present on. The topic should be based on any of the three objectives above.
Founded in 2001, Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) has organized over 80 high profile forums and hosted over 5,000 delegates from across the globe with varied professional backgrounds. The Africa Resource Bank Meeting (ARB) is one of IREN’s key forums that target policy makers, business leaders, media, industry players and academia, for annual brainstorming sessions on various issues that affect Africa.
Previous ARB brainstorming forums have focused on:- Building Africa Through Trade (2003); Property Rights in the African context (2004); Conquering Poverty in Africa through Business (2005); Turning African People into a Resource (2006); Positioning Africa in the 21st Century (2007); Commercializing Africa’s Resources to Promote Prosperity (2008); Probing Governance and Prosperity in Africa (2009) Africa vs. Developed and Emerging Economies: How to Make Africans Win (2010) and Digital Revolution: Opportunity or threat to Africa? (2011). The Indian Ocean Rim as a New Frontier: How prepared is Africa? (2012).