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Africa falling off WEF agenda - Pityana

AngloGold Ashanti chairperson Sipho Pityana says there is clearly a lack of diversity about some of the conversations that took place at #WEF2017.

FILE: AngloGold Chairman Sipho Pityana sits down with EWN for an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 20 January 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

DAVOS - AngloGold Ashanti chairperson and Save South Africa convener Sipho Pityana says he’s been struck by how few black people have been at the World Economic Forum meeting and about how Africa is falling off the agenda.

Pityana says there is clearly a lack of diversity about some of the conversations that took place there this week.

He says he’s been taken aback by how few people from Africa have been a part of the discussions this year.

“Not only is there hardly a conversation around bringing the participation of blacks in those kind of conversations but there is sometimes just a conversation about the world and no reference to Africa at all.”

WATCH: Pityana: Africa is 'Cinderella' in #WEF story

And he says it's important to actually get Africa back on the agenda.

“It’s not how Africans are looking to get that agenda back there. We are a Cinderella in this project.”

Pityana also says that South Africa used to help lead the African diaspora but that that role appears to have faded.

For more news, analysis and insights on Davos 2017 go to EWN’s WEF portal in partnership with Ashburton Investments.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)