The Director, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum, Elsie Kanza, in a Skype Chat with Channels Television said that Africa has been recording impressive growth with the growth rate projected to remain above 5 per cent this year.
With West Africa the fastest growing sub-region, representing the continent’s largest business opportunity, Nigeria remains at the top of the growth rate with a lot of investment opportunities.
According to her, Nigeria with over 160 million inhabitants already plays a crucial role in advancing the continent’s growth which is the attraction.
She also says that over 1,000 delegates from all over the world will be expected at the forum which begins in Abuja May 7-9.
This will be following President Goodluck Jonathan reassurance to the global community of the safety of all participants in the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja.
The president spoke when he had an audience with China’s new Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie who presented his letters of credence to him at the Presidential Villa.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan said the security challenges being experienced in parts of the country will have no adverse effect on the safety of participants in the forum.
The President welcomed the confirmation by China that its delegation to the Forum, which will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that could sustain the continent’s current growth trajectory and create jobs, will be led by Premier Li Keqiang.