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1. INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) is set to become an integral part of daily life in Africa. The ICT sector is focused on recognizing the economic potential of the continent and the imperatives for growth.

By focusing on unlocking the competitiveness of the African economy through building value chains around the transformation of the continent’s cashless economy and creating a credit platform for informal and casual employs as well as small hold farmers, the ICT sector provides the needed tools to move Africa forward.

2. WATER AND SANITATION

Africa’s urban population is set to double by 2013, particularly in the unplanned settlements. How are governments and private investors/developers dealing with rapid urbanization and population growth as a challenge to progress in provision of water and sanitation?

As water and sanitation also affect health and education, how can Africa benefit from PPP’s rather than depending on aid as a means to service the growing population and already un-served and underserved communities? How do we manage the sustainability of services?

3. ELECTRICITY

“The entire installed generation capacity of Africa’s 48 Sub-Saharan countries is just 68 gigawatts, no more than Spain’s. As much as one-quarter of that capacity is unavailable because of aging plants and poor maintenance. In Sub-Saharan Africa, just one person in five has access to electricity. If current trends continue, fewer than 40 percent of African countries will reach universal access to electricity by 2050.”

Recently, Africa has been making great strides in allowing the private sector to play in this field via different means of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) including the competitive bids from Independent Power Producers (IPP’s). South Africa is currently in its third round, Nigeria completed its first round a little over a year ago and other countries such as Ghana and Kenya have all had IPPs become suppliers. Is this the catalyst Africa needs and if so is it sustainable? Are the bidding processes the best way to move forward or should the market be open so as to provide more competition and cheaper rates for electricity across the continent.

4. HUMAN SERVICES

Over 80% of market value in today's global markets is allocated to intangible assets. Increasingly, this is a measure of talent in the form of strategic knowledge, creativity, adaptability and execution in the workplace. In this new talent economy, competitive advantage relies on integrated and measurable practices for acquiring, aligning, engaging, advancing and retaining the right people.

By raising the quality of human capital, Africa would build critical capacities, increase the volume and quality of skills, and deepen the institutional base for harnessing new job, industrial and technological opportunities that will open up as the economies become more globally connected. In addition, a healthier and better-educated and trained population will produce more, accelerate the demographic transition and contribute to poverty reduction.

If, on the other hand, progress in reducing the disease burden and raising the education and skill levels of the population falters, the large reservoir of young people could become a disruptive force and slow down or reverse economic growth. The window of opportunity to make the massive investment required is no more than 10-15 years after which a weak human capital base would begin to act as a drag on further economic growth.

SIX MAIN SECTORS

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