Africa in 2017: Prospects & Forecasts - London
Following a year that’s delivered major surprises in Africa and globally, what does 2017 hold for the African continent? Will it be a year of crises or triumphs?
In terms of elections, 2016 witnessed several major votes on the continent that mostly returned incumbent leaders to power; Ghana, which saw another transition of power, proved to be one of very few exceptions in a pattern that saw sitting presidents in the Republic of Congo, Uganda, Gabon, Zambia, Niger and more all re-elected.
Beyond Africa, the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the US election delivered further political shocks. What impact will these landmark events and uncertainty in the global system mean for Africa? What can we expect from elections scheduled for 2017 in the likes of Angola, Rwanda, Liberia and Kenya?
Economically, the fall in commodity prices continued to hit major economies, in particular Nigeria, while South Africa, again the continent’s largest economy, remains mired in political turmoil and seems unable to tackle declining economic output and rising unemployment. What impact will commodity prices, an uncertain global economic outlook, and China's continued slowdown have on Africa?
Across the continent, vibrant political and social movements emerged, largely driven by Africa’s rising young populations. This demographic also makes up the majority of migrants leaving the continent as well as much of the force behind Africa’s rising prominence in global cultural production in fields as diverse as film, art and music. How are these creative sectors growing and innovating? What impact will these social, cultural and political movements have in 2017?
The event will be followed by a networking reception in the Brunei Suite.
Patrick Smith, Chief Editor, The Africa Report & Editor, Africa Confidential
Razia Khan, Head of Africa Research, Standard Chartered
Dr Njoki Ngumi, Maker and Member of the Nest Collective / Learning, Development, Monitoring and Research at HEVA Fund, Kenya
Professor Chuks Okereke, Environment and Development, University of Reading
Chair: Zeinab Badawi, Broadcaster & chair of the RAS
This event is part of a three-city tour of panellists discussing what 2017 has in store for Africa. More information: bit.ly/Africain2017
Ticket sales end at 3pm on 11/01/2017