June 19, 2009
World Economic Forum on Africa – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay
Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, was one of the 700 delegates who gathered in Cape Town from June 10-12, 2009 for the World Economic Forum on Africa. The event aimed to consider the implications of the global economic crisis on Africa.
Graca Machel, president of the Foundation for Community Development and wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, spoke among other things about how agriculture can play a role in boosting Africa’s economy and lift people out of poverty.
President Jacob Zuma opened the meeting, which was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
President Jacob Zuma during a panel discussion on whether Africa could be the world’s bread basket.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, managing director of the World Bank, speaking about the implications of the crisis for Africa. “Sixteen million Africans have been pushed into poverty as a result of the downturn,” she said.
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Images © Miriam Mannak 2009