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Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent 2020-2030

by Ahmadou Aly Mbaye; Andinet Woldemichael; Belay Begashaw; Brahima S. Coulibaly; Cyril Ramaphosa; Elliot Mghenyi; Hafez Ghanem; Haroon Bhorat; Holger Kray; John Mukum Mbaku; John Page; Kemal Derviş; Kevin Muvunyi; Landry Signé; Lauren Ziegler; Lindsay Wallace; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Njuguna Ndung'u; Raymond Gilpin; Rebecca Winthrop; Simeon K. Ehui; Somik Lall; Uzziel Ndagijimana; Vera Songwe; Witney Schneidman; Youssef Travaly; Yun Sun; Zaakhir Asmal

Jan 8, 2020

The new year 2020 marks the beginning of a promising decade for Africa. Through at least the first half of the decade, economic growth across Africa will continue to outperform that of other regions, with the continent continuing to be home to seven of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies. Collective action among African and global policymakers to improve the livelihoods of all under the blueprint of the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union's Agenda 2063 is representative of the shared energy and excitement around Africa's potential. With business environments improving, regional integration centered around the African Continental Free Trade Agreement progressing, and the transformational technologies of Fourth Industrial Revolution spreading, never before has the region been better primed for trade, investment, and mutually beneficial partnerships. The recent, unprecedented interest of an increasingly diversified group of external partners for engagement with Africa highlights this potential. Despite the continent's promise, though, obstacles to success linger, as job creation still has not caught up with the growing youth labor force, gaps in good and inclusive governance remain, and climate change as well as state fragility threaten to reverse the hard-fought-for gains of recent decades.

This special edition of Foresight Africa highlights the triumphs of past years as well as strategies from our experts to tackle forthcoming, but surmountable, obstacles to a prosperous continent by 2030.