African and global business leaders will gather for the Initiative for Global Development’s Spring Frontier 100 Forum on May 5-6, 2017, in Durban, South Africa. The forum will be held at the Southern Sun Elangeni – Maharani Hotel, Tugela Room, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa.
Under the theme, “Driving Sustainable Economies: Private Sector Action to Spur Job Creation and Innovation for Inclusive Growth in Africa”, the forum will focus on the role of the private sector in driving solutions and innovation to accelerate sustainable employment to absorb millions of African youth entering the workforce and advance the continent’s growth sectors for inclusive growth.
The Frontier 100 Forum follows the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which ends on May 5. The IGD Forum aims to build on key themes discussed at WEF.
The Frontier 100 Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only event that brings together CEOs and senior executives from IGD’s Frontier Leader network to offer insight, collaborate, and advance initiatives in key sectors of Africa. The Frontier 100 Forum is an integral part of IGD’s mission to leverage business solutions for inclusive growth.
IGD has arranged for a special corporate hotel rate for Forum attendees at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel. The hotel provides tastefully furnished, spacious and modern accommodation on Durban’s famous beachfront with free WiFi and personal work stations.
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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017
2:30PM Check-In & Registration
4:00PM SPECIAL PANEL SESSION: “Unlocking Opportunities for Youth Job Creation and Entrepreneurship to Address Gaps in Post-Harvest Loss Reductions in Africa ”
Transforming Africa’s agricultural industries into a business will require the use of human capital. Business investments in skills training and exposure to agricultural innovation can drive interest in the innovation and entrepreneurship critical for tackling large challenges such as post-harvest loss. The session will share the value proposition and business case of the private sector engaging in food loss reduction and the opportunities that creates in youth employment, entrepreneurship and creation of inclusive growth across processing, technology and ICT, transport and logistics sectors.
6:00PM “Making Farming Cool!” Launch Reception
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017
8:00AM Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00AM Opening Remarks
9:10AM Keynote Address: “Driving Sustainable Economies: Private Sector Action to Spur Job Creation and Innovation for Inclusive Growth in Africa”
9:30AM PANEL SESSION: “Igniting Innovations in Skills Development for Job Creation”
By 2050, 400 million people under the age of 25 will need sustainable employment. The session will focus on the role of the private sector in driving solutions and innovation to accelerate sustainable employment to absorb millions of African youth entering the workforce and advance the continent’s growth sectors for inclusive growth.
10:45AM Coffee Break
11:15AM PANEL SESSION: “Delivering Jobs through Regional Growth within Africa”
Regional integration within Africa is critical to advancing growth and creating new opportunities for job creation. This session will feature a panel of business leaders and high-level government officials who will offer strategies to deepen regional integration in key growth sectors to produce robust jobs to tackle unemployment and strengthen local economies.
12:30PM Networking Luncheon
1:30PM Luncheon Speaker
2:15PM PANEL SESSION: “Fostering Innovation and Job Creation through Digital Transformation in Africa”
Some 500 million people are projected to have access to the Internet in Africa by 2020. This session will highlight some of the innovative efforts to provide young Africans with the right skills required to be employed in today’s digital jobs and spur entrepreneurship in the tech sector.
3:30PM Coffee Break
3:45PM PANEL SESSION: “Powering Industrialization to Drive Job Growth”
Between 10 to 15 million young people are entering the labor market across Africa every year. This session will feature a panel of experts who will put forth strategies and best practices on how Africa’s private sector and governments can work towards bolstering the capacity for rapid industrialization to provide decent jobs.
5:00PM Close & IGD Moving Forward
5:30PM Africa Investment Rising Campaign Celebration