Business leaders, politicians to debate Africa’s future

Monday February 11 2019

The conference, which is expected to be

The conference, which is expected to be co-chaired by President Museveni in March. FILE PHOTO 

By Henry Mulindwa

The African Union has partnered with the Kampala-based African Strategic Leadership Centre to host the annual Africa Now Conference and the Kwame Nkrumah Annual Lecture.

The conference, which is expected to be co-chaired by President Museveni in March, will be a convergence of heads of state, investors, business executives from different African companies and multinational to discuss the business future of the continent.

The Africa Now Conference will be centred on the theme: Towards a secure, integrated and growing Africa.

Among others, the conference seeks to harness the interminable energy potential of the African youth in forging a secure, integrated and growing continent.

The conference is informed by the belief that building an effective youth-business alliances is critical for growing economies to generate opportunities as well as building and sustaining innovation, creating knowledge-based economies and building the future of Africa.

Mr Robert Mwesigwa, the African Strategic Leadership Centre chairman, said the conference will be a forum for policy dialogue and mobilisation of resources acquired to advance Africa’s socio-economic growth and political stability.


A convergence of Africa, he said, will offer a platform which facilitates open exchange and collaboration for development strategies.

“The conference will enable us seize available opportunities which shall forge away forward for the future of the continent,” he said.

Despite its immense potential, Africa continues to suffer with massive unemployment, which could be a source of insecurity. Experts have insisted that it is time for Africa to devise a solution for unemployment.