HSF Regional Representative Hanns Bühler had provided opening remarks at the event before Dr Jakkie Cilliers presented recent research from the African Futures Project he is heading at the ISS. He shared key insights and recommendations from two new publications, both of which used the International Futures Software to provide analysis for potential future developments in key areas of society in different African countries. One of the reports focussed on demographics, the other on the fourth industrial revolution (see links to the publications below).
Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, shared his insights as the respondent. Which structural changes are needed to unlock the continent’s potential and to move labour much more rapidly into more productive sectors, given its large and fast growing population? This was the main question discussed, and the audience participated actively in the Question and Answer session that followed the presentations.
Find the report "Made in Africa: manufacturing and the fourth industrial revolution" online: https://issafrica.s3.amazonaws.com/site/uploads/aitwr-8.pdf
"Getting to Africa's demographic dividend" is also available on the ISS Website: https://issafrica.org/research/africa-report/getting-to-africas-demographic-dividend
A short video outlining the research methodology of the African Futures Project and recent results was shown at the event as well: https://issafrica.org/…/vide…/designing-the-future-of-africa
To find out some more detail about the event and the content of the reports discussed, you can also read the brief report written by our partners at the CPLO: