Africa's business elite arrive in Rwanda for #WEFAfrica2016

Delegates from government & business are expected to discuss how to grow Africa’s economy.

FILE: For more than 25 years, the WEF has convened African leaders in business, government and civil society to shape the future of the continent. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

KIGALI - The continent's business elite are heading to Rwanda today for the World Economic Forum Africa (WEFA) meeting that starts tomorrow.

Delegates from government and business are expected to discuss how to grow Africa's economy and improve education.

This session is going to see debates around education and digital technology, and will try to answer questions about how to grow the continent's economy quickly in a sustainable way.

One of the heavy hitters will be Graca Machel, she will be discussing educating future leaders tomorrow.

Rwanda itself is preparing for the event, everywhere you go, from the arrivals hall at the airport, through the centre of town at hotels, are banners proclaiming the hosting of this meeting.

For more than 25 years, the WEF has convened African leaders in business, government and civil society to shape the future of the continent.

While growth on the continent in the past decade has created more opportunities for improved livelihoods, the recent declines in commodity prices, and strength of the US dollar, have demonstrated a need for African economies to do more to unlock the talent of its greatest resource, African youth.

RAMAPHOSA LEADS TEAM SA

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africa's team, which includes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Ramaphosa and team South Africa will be rubbing shoulders with the continent's elite.

Business leaders will want to discuss how to grow the economy, while other people will want to talk about sustainability.

Several CEOs of high profile South African companies are also arriving today.

Most of the continent will be represented and much of the discussion could be about how to ensure Africa's economy doesn't start to slow down because of issues in the world economy.