President Robert Mugabe left Harare for Durban, South Africa where he is among the 1 000 world leaders who have been invited to attend the 27th World Economic Forum (WEF) for Africa.

He was seen off at the Harare International Airport by the two vice presidents Cdes Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan province Cde Mirriam Chikukwa, Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo, Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Christopher Mushohwe, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Mike Bimha, service chiefs and senior government officials.

The leaders who are drawn from 100 countries, represent business, governments, academia, civil society, media and the arts.

The theme of the meeting is: ‘Achieving Inclusive Growth Through Responsive And Responsible Leadership’.

The aim of the meeting is to ensure Africa generates truly inclusive economic growth that provides everyone with the same opportunity to prosper and achieve such change.

The meeting also aims to move leaders to change the way they approach development planning by designing policies that allow everyone to benefit from economic growth.

Currently the benefits of global economic growth are disproportionately distributed within regions and countries.

This has led to the crisis for market capitalism and proliferation of nativist political movements.

The meeting’s other priority is to help Africa prepare for the huge changes that the world is about to experience as a result of the 4th industrial revolution.

Rapid technological advances in the physical, digital and biological worlds are giving rise to a new era that will have a profound effect on human life, work and interaction with one another.

Building the right institutions, developing relevant skills and enhancing access to knowledge will be crucial to Africa’s future prospects.

Issues to be discussed include food and water, preventing deforestation, securing investment, infrastructure development, bridging the digital divide, improving delivery of health care, helping Africans gain access to financial services and facilitating intra-regional trade.