As the world gathers for the 17th edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA), currently ongoing in Durban, South Africa from the 3rd to 5th May 2017, Calabar hub Global Shaper and Social entrepreneur, Grace Ihejiamaizu joined global leaders from across the world to speak at this renowned global event. She also had the rare privilege to share the high table with some powerful women and social entrepreneurs including Mrs. Precious Motsepe and Hilde Schwab.

Grace took centre stage when she spoke on the topic “Rethinking the Growth Myth” sharing insights on the Skills Mismatch in Africa. She also facilitated a group discussion to come up with practical Policy Recommendations to close the skills gap and foster entrepreneurship.

While at the forum, She also had the opportunity to feature on The Good Morning Show on South Africa’s foremost TV station, SABC TV, where she talked about her works with iKapture Center for Development, being a Global Shaper of the Calabar Hub and the role Government needs to play in supporting entrepreneurs.

According to Grace, she hopes these talks translate to action and the policy recommendations are taken seriously by the business leaders and heads of government represented there. “Africa has come a long way (with the fastest growing economies domiciled here) but there’s still so much work to do at both national and regional levels to create the conditions that enable job creation and structural transformation” she said.

The Global Shapers Community is one of the World Economic Forum’s Foundations created in 2011 aiming to empower and engage the millennial generation in agenda shaping discussions and also to help them self-orgnaise for impact.

Follow the discussions using the following Twitter hashtags #af17, #SolSummit17, Wefafrica2017

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