World Economic Forum: President Jonathan Declares Work-Free Days As Abuja Hosts The World

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the closure of schools and government offices in Abuja between the 7th and 9th of May 2014, to ensure the smooth running of the World Economic Forum event, which is being hosted for the first time in Nigeria.

The 24th edition of the forum which in Africa has traditionally been held in South Africa will be co-chaired by 7 individuals, namely; Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Co., Jean-Francois van Boxmeer of HEINEKEN, Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Bineta Diop of the AU, Jabu Mabuza of Telkom Group SA. Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Enterprises and John Rice of GE Hong Kong.

The discussions will revolve around three main pillars; accelerating society transformation, deepening investment partnerships and redesigning growth models.  Under these pillars, delegates will brainstorm over what needs changing or improvement in our handling of sectors such as human rights, education, health, financial structures, governance, agriculture, tourism, or emerging security challenges.

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