African participation at Davos disappointing #WEF2017

Head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has been pushing the idea of redistribution and helping the European and North American middle class throughout the WEF this year.

EWN's senior reporter Stephen Grootes reporting from Davos, says it is Legarde and others response to the problems of globalisation - the notion that the top few percent of the world's population has become a great deal richer since the 1990s compared to everyone else.

There is a tension here between the European idea of a society, and I suppose you could call it the Donald Trump idea of society - if the rich get richer so does everybody else.

Stephen Grootes, Senior reporter EWN

Grootes also spoke to Sipho Pityane, a strong Zuma critic. Pityane believes it is a mistake for the ANC to suppress and keep conversations about leadership quiet, citing the example of Polokwane ten years ago as a case in point.

Grootes says he was disappointed at the lack of African participation during WEF207.

Listen to the full update from Stephen Grootes below:

(For more news, analysis and insights on Davos 2017 go to EWN’s WEF portal in partnership with Ashburton Investments.)

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