The World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 opens today in Kigali, Rwanda.
250 government, business and non-profit leaders will attend the summit to discuss how to improve African economies.
EWN's Stephen Grootes says that the conference should address concerns regarding the continent's slow growth and rate of development.
He explains that discussions will propose ways in which African countries can move to the beneficiation of local resources and the provision of goods and services.
The real big question is how Africa's economy makes the transition. There's this thing called the 4th industrial revolution. It really speaks to how Africa gets out of providing commodities and agriculture products and starts to process them.— Stephen Grootes, EWN senior reporter
He says the focus will also be on education, the digital divide and sustainable growth.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report: