Changsha, Hunan Province, China

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Event Date Thu Sep 6 HKT - Sat Sep 8 HKT (about 3 years ago)
In your timezone (EST): Thu Sep 6 12:00am - Sat Sep 8 12:00am
Location Changsha
Hunan Province, China
Region APAC

Turning constraints into opportunities to attract and mobilize private sector investments, both domestic and foreign, is the guiding spirit of the fourth IAF. Forum participants will reflect on what it will take to mobilize adequate private investment needed to transform African economies and generate much-needed jobs, through a focus on five central themes:

- Agriculture and agro-processing

- Education and skills development

- Energy and climate change

- Health, and

- Digital economy and innovation

As Africa’s top trading partner and one of its largest investors, China-Africa engagement has expanded rapidly in recent years, reflecting China’s support for African development. Previous IAFs demonstrated that deepened China-Africa cooperation is mutually beneficial, and supports development strategies based on the comparative advantages of Africa countries. During the first two Forums – held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Guangzhou, China, respectively – participants addressed a set of topics grounded in Africa’s development priorities. The third IAF, held in Dakar, Senegal, addressed six thematic pillars and set the stage to catalyze a new generation of investment opportunities by leveraging technology and innovation to unlock Africa’s potential for accelerated and inclusive growth. The Investing in Africa Think Tank Alliance also launched its first publication, Leapfrogging: The Key to Africa’s Development?, which identifies knowledge gaps and proposes practical guidance on how to spur leapfrogging in African countries.