As the economies of Europe and North America wane, Africa is seen as a new centre of demand. This idea drives Australia's five-point Brisbane Action Plan, as it helms the G20 for 2014, to stabilise the world's economy and lift the continent out of poverty.
Up and coming businesses are in the final leg of the selection process for the Medo International Trade Programme, which will take them on a steep learning curve in the United Kingdom. On the trip, they will be exposed to what it takes to be a world-class player in a competitive field.
South Africa's recent establishment of a dedicated Ministry of Small Business Development reflects a growing national and global recognition that entrepreneurs and small enterprises are powerful drivers of economic growth and job creation.
To achieve its goals of economic growth and reduced poverty and inequality, South Africa's National Development Plan needs broad buy-in from across society. Only in Utopia could a plan of this scope achieve instant, unqualified assent from all quarters, writes Simon Barber.
With the theme "Africa Rising", the recent International Women's Forum South Africa brought together more than 200 women from business, government and civil society to examine women's role in the continent's economy and find ways to include them in the mainstream.