Dr. Ayo Ajayi, the Director of the Africa Team at the Gates Foundation, outlines brief, yet important reminders related to upcoming discussions on future strategy at the 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.
He urges participants to ensure that "... we build on existing momentum." In light of this call, Ajayi emphasizes the need for new sources of financing and public sector partnerships.
In terms of new sources of financing, he references "natural resources." It will be interesting to see how leaders work to regulate and monitor financing surrounding the monetization of these resources as Africa works to move beyond commodities.
Africa faces two key challenges to achieve its full potential. The remarkable economic progress of the last 15 years must be sustained. And, this progress must be broadened to include the many millions of people who have yet to benefit from the continent’s rising prosperity.