Durban’s well known filmmaker and businessman, Anant Singh will be attending in the World Economic Forum on Africa which takes place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from tomorrow, 3 May until Friday, 5 May 2017. Singh will be a panellist in two sessions at the Forum: “Leadership in an Era of Disruption” on Wednesday, 3 May and “Building on Africa’s Heritage” on Friday, 5 May.
Singh has been attending the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and most of the African summits over the past twenty years, as a contributor and panellist in key sessions. Singh is a past recipient of the Forum’s Crystal Award in 2001 and was a participant in the Forum’s Global Agenda Council.
The session “Leadership in an Era of Disruption” which explores the transition from civil protest and terrorism to the evolving dynamics between Africa and global economic powers. During this session, Singh will present a special tribute to his mentor and veteran South African activist, Ahmed Kathrada who passed on in March.
The session, “Building on Africa’s Heritage” will look at the belief that globalization and regionalization is fast dwindling, and disenchantment and discontent are rife across the globe, and will look at how African culture and traditions can be harnessed to allow integrated societies to thrive. Singh will share the platform with Mary Ajayi (Founder of Streets Connect, Nigeria), Salim Amin (Chairman of A24 Media, Kenya), Muhsin Hendricks (Founder of Inner Circle, South Africa), Vivek Sunder (Managing Director Procter & Gamble, Kenya), Ferial Haffajee (Editor-at-Large, Huffington Post, South Africa) and South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.
Singh said, “We warmly welcome World Economic Forum and Prof. Klaus and Hilde Schwab to Durban. We are delighted that the World Economic Forum on Africa has returned to our city. This is a huge opportunity for Durban to showcase its exceptional offerings to the delegates who include global and African business leaders and heads of state. This is an important Summit as it comes at a time when the continent and South Africa are experiencing economic and political challenges and it provides a platform for all stakeholders to deliberate and formulate solutions for the future of our continent.”
Headquartered in Durban, Singh’s company, Videovision Entertainment was initially focused on filmed entertainment. Through a diversification programme, the company expanded its business activities into commercial radio, film studios, real estate, telecommunications and retail. Cape Town Film Studios which the company owns, has hosted more than 35 films with an aggregate production spend in excess of US$200 million since it opened its doors in 2010. Upcoming is eThekwini Film City on the Natal Command site on the Durban beachfront which will integrate film studios with tourism, lifestyle and entertainment elements, creating a must-see-must-do attraction for Durban.