Why business leaders make the effort to attend the WEF on Africa

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, currently underway in Nigeria�s capital Abuja, is being attended by some of the continent�s top business leaders and policy makers to discuss this year�s theme, Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs.

No less than 13 heads of state and more than 1,000 delegates (the majority of whom are from African countries) will be attending the event, said the WEF�s director and head of Africa, Elsie Kanza, during her pre-event speech on Monday.

Holding such an event does not come cheap, and with security threats of kidnapping and terrorism, measures have been employed to ensure the safety of all attendees. During the course of the forum, public offices and schools have also been mandated to shut down in an effort to reduce traffic congestion.

The global WEF, held annually in Davos in Switzerland, has come under criticism in recent years by spectators who argue that…

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