9th African Union Private Sector Forum
he African Union (AU), the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) in association with Andalem (Ethiopia) hosted the 9th AU Private Sector Forum from 13 – 15 November 2017 at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria.
The event themed “Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization through Digitization and Technopreneurship”, envisioned a vibrant, private sector driven and entrepreneurship-led African economy that will spearhead technology trends to develop African solutions in the implementation of Industry 4.0.
High level speakers among the pan-African delegates included H.E. Harison Victor, Commissioner for the Department Economic Affairs, African Union, Dr. Phil Mjwara, Director General, Department of Science and Technology Republic of South Africa, Dr. René Kouassi N’Guettia, Director of Economic Affairs, African Union and Lynette Chen, CEO of the NBF.
The Private Sector Forum featured addresses and panel discussions with high level pan-African speakers as well as presentations by young African Technopreneurs on their innovative solutions to the continent’s challenges.