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African Leaders Unite for World Economic Forum on Africa

African leaders have begun converging on the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam for the 20th annual World Economic Forum on Africa that begins Wednesday.

Many heads of state are slated to attend the three-day forum, including Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

Organizers say nearly 1,000 people from 85 countries will participate in the meeting, which will explore the theme "Rethinking Africa's Growth Strategy."

The meeting's host, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, describes the gathering as an "opportunity to examine the strategy of Africa for today" to ensure "a better tomorrow."

Other leaders taking part in the discussion include the president of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, the head of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy, and representatives of the World Bank and the United Nations.

The World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Summit is being held concurrently this week in Dar es Salaam. More than 265 young leaders from more than 70 countries are participating. The young leaders' summit is focused on development and community building.

The Geneva-based World Economic Forum is an independent organization with a stated goal of "engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas."