In 2016, the world faces uncertainty and volatility – as well as huge opportunities for significant progress. Africa stands not just to gain from these major shifts, but also to lead some of them.
The global landscape is certainly challenging, with the political and economic news dominated by slowing growth, rocky stock markets, falling commodity prices, risks in emerging markets (especially China), increasing numbers of refugees, geopolitical tensions and the threat of violent extremism.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, let me start by saying how pleased I am to be with you today.
I want to thank the German government and the OECD both for my invitation and, more importantly, for bringing together so many distinguished and influential figures.