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At the sixth Financial Times Africa summit I reflected, over a sumptuous dinner, on a day of panels and keynotes in which elite business and political leaders debated how to solve the continent’s many challenges — such as poverty and inequality — against the backdrop of the extravagant opulence of Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair. It’s all been a little “Davos on Davies Street”.

The 2019 theme has been Africa in Motion, and one can only hope, given how persistent the challenges have been, that efforts to improve key development indicators move faster than Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge in perfect conditions in Vienna...

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