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'Africa needs to empower youth & women to fuel growth'

President Cyril Ramaphosa was speaking at the Africa Investment Forum in Sandton on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks at the Africa Investment Forum on 8 November 2018. Picture: @AIFMarketPlace/Twitter

SANDTON - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the African continent needs to focus on empowering the youth and women if it wants to be a global player.

The president was speaking at the Africa Investment Forum in Sandton on Thursday.

The inaugural conference saw attended by several African heads of state and several representatives from the business sector.

Ramaphosa says governance on the continent should also be improved.

“Africa needs to empower its youth; it needs to also empower its women so that they can fuel the growth that we are bound to have on our continent. It needs to improve governance as well and promote peace and stability.”

'AFRICAN LEADERS MUST ACT AGAINST CORRUPTION'

Ramaphosa has appealed to leaders on the African continent to show a firm commitment to fight corruption.

He says if African countries want to see more investments they must address a number of issues.

“We have to address governance challenges such as policy uncertainty, policy inconsistency, financial mismanagement, as well as corruption. As African leaders, we must demonstrate a firm commitment to act against corruption.”

The president has added the investment summit will reshape the fortunes of the continent and make it the next global frontier.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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