‘The Durban Agreement on Open Africa was reached at a meeting of the Africa50 Global Shapers at the Transnet Port Authority in Durban on 5 May 2017.
Garreth Bloor, a member of the Global Shapers Hub in Cape Town and founder of Entrepreneurs in Public Policy (EPP), launched by the Hub, represented the initiative in Durban.
Entrepreneurs in Public Policy, first launched as a Shapers project, has been committed to policy positions in favour of open skies and cross-border ease of travel within Africa, following engagements with entrepreneurs. Positions which were relayed during discussions with participants at the World Economic Forum on Africa and in the run up to the gathering.
The Durban Agreement was decisively launched after #ShapingAfrica conversations at the 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa. It aims to make a case for an open and border-free Africa by fostering cultural understanding and economic integration. Over the coming year, the Durban Hub Global Shapers will power the Uhuru (“Freedom”) Bus, driving from Hub to Hub across the continent. While on this tour, they will engage with local youth and policy-makers in multi stakeholder activities that allow youth to voice their vision of a united Africa.’