Policy makers and business leaders from over 30 countries including the US were in attendance at the third edition of Future Investment Initiative (FII) which was nicknamed “Davos in the desert”. The Future Investment Initiative is a Saudi Arabian – Davos style, international platform for expert-led debate between global leaders, investors and innovators with the power to shape the future of global investment. The main focus of the event which ran from the 29th to 31st October 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the creation of genuine global platforms and new models for tomorrow.
The glitzy annual conference is set to have over 300 speakers including heads of state. In a panel whose focus was Africa’s future, Muhammadu Buhari, Mahamadou Issoufou and Uhuru Kenyatta: the Nigerian, Niger and Kenyan presidents respectively, discussed a roadmap to promote universal connectivity and intra-continental trade, with a goal to drive inclusive growth and public-sector reform.
The audience was pleased by President Kenyatta’s statement, “Africa wants to be a friend to all and is open to business”.
“ In Africa, we have launched the African Continental Free Trade Area #AFCFTA, today the biggest free trade zone in the world, inhabited by 1 billion people including a growing middle class of 300 million,’ said President Mahamadou Issoufou.
FII is focused on developing investment to drive growth opportunities, enable innovation while addressing global challenges. On the 31st of October, one of the central points of the panel conversations was space exploration in the future and entertainment, “I speak around the world, and there’s excitement everywhere I go,” said Astronaut Terry Virts as he discussed reactions he sees regarding the future of space exploration.
The 3 day event continued to push for active building of global networks, exploration of emerging industries by influential decision makers that will shape the global economy and investment landscape over the coming