How Africa is represented at WEF 2017

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A logo of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 is pictured at the Swiss resort of Davos in January 2013.

DAVOS - A record 3,000 leaders from government, business and civil society have gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

eNCA's Siki Mgabadeli caught up with Elsie Kanza, the WEF head of Africa.

She began by asking her how much representation the African continent has at this year’s forum.

Kanza replied, "We have 120 leaders from across the continent...representing all sectors of society."

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She noted that the continent is seeing a crisis in leadership and our citizens are demanding more from their leaders through the digital tools at their disposal. 

What was interesting to note, remarked Kanza, is how African countries are responding to what is considered the 4th industrial revolution. 

"Leaders need to ensure that citizens receive decent incomes and the youth are employed."

She adds that this could serve as an opportunity to redefine government systems biased towards emerging economies. 

This is an opportunity to, "work together to figure out this new reality."

 

* Watch the full interview in the gallery above.