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Taking place from 3 to 7 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the conference will welcome over 3 000  CEOs from over 135 countries to Cape Town.

YPO, which stands for Young Presidents Organisation, is the premier global leadership organization for more than 27 000 chief executives, from a variety of industries and types of businesses, YPO member-run companies generate USD9 trillion in annual revenues.

The GLC and YPO EDGE conference provides a global platform for members to share information, and exchange innovative and ground-breaking business acumen  and knowledge. The event possess huge potential for attracting investment, trade and business from some of the globe’s top echelon of business owners.

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to  present South Africa to this group of business leaders and to demonstrate,  after a period of adverse international publicity, how we are overcoming our  challenges. We have a chance to show, as our President set out in his State of  the Nation Address in 2018, that we are a nation at one, committed to work, to  build, to change and to progress,” said Paul Berman, YPO member and Host  City Chair.

Themed  the Life of RE, the conference aims to inspire leaders to live a life of perpetual  upgrade and improvement. Over-arching topics shaping the conversation include looking at how individuals and businesses can RE_design, RE_invent, RE_think  and RE_commit.

The  line-up boasts famous South African comedian, Trevor Noah, CEO from The Happiness  Research Institute, Meik Wiking; American theoretical neuroscientist and  Artificial Intelligence expert, Vivienne Ming and Manoush Zomorodi, Co-Founder  of Stable Genius Productions, to name but a few.

Being specially built and erected at the conference, is an infrastructure which has been named the Temple of RE_. For the duration of  the YPO GLC and EDGE, the Temple of RE_ will be the buzzing social and recreation hub for all delegates.

After the conference, the entire infrastructure will be donated to Langa where it will support the development of the first learning space for Bridges for Music in the suburb. Further to this, equipment and infrastructure used at the  GLC and EDGE will be donated to the project in order to make the building of their learning space and creative hub a reality.

Executive Mayor Dan Plato said: “Over the past few years, we have worked hard to  proactively position Cape Town as a forward-looking, globally competitive  business destination and letting the world know that we are the ideal place to  live, work, play and invest in. These efforts have also resulted in the City of  Cape Town recently being named the Events and Festival Capital of the World.”

Plato added, “The GLC provides delegates with the opportunity to exchange ideas, share  knowledge, and challenge each other to think bigger. I am sure that we will also  expand our own knowledge of and exposure to the various sectors involved. I look forward to meeting some of you and trust that you will have a fruitful and  enriching experience at the 2019 YPO EDGE and Global Leadership Conference. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the more than 3000 delegates to Cape Town! ”

Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and  Asset Management, Alderman James Vos, concluded: “It is a great honour for Cape Town to be selected as the host city for this premium event for a second  time, and a real vote of confidence in our conferencing and business  tourism services. The City is creating an enabling environment for sectors like  events to grow, assisting in the creation of jobs for our residents. We welcome  the business leaders in attendance from across the globe, and wish them a  fruitful stay in the Mother City.

Invest Cape Town has a stall for the duration for the conference inside the YPO Venture Market Place. Investment facilitation experts from the City of Cape Town’s Enterprise and Investment Department and Wesgro will be on hand to answer questions from CEOs about investment opportunities in the city and the province.

Wesgro, the official Tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government, has assisted YPO with the hosting of its deal networking  breakfast, whereby the investment proposition of the Cape, South Africa and the continent will be presented to an estimated 150 of the CEOs in attendance.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said “The  knowledge sharing, investment potential and legacy opportunities created  through an event of this calibre is unsurmountable.

“Wesgro welcomes YPO members to Cape Town and the Western Cape, a city  of opportunity and a gateway to a rising Africa. Although we are a beautiful  place to visit we are also a top business destination, and an economic powerhouse  on the African continent,” added Harris.

Minister of Economics, Beverly Schäfer, commented: “YPO  members represent the future of business globally, and to have so many industry  and thought leaders in our province gives us a remarkable opportunity to  showcase who we are as a region and the work we’ve put in to regenerate growth.  The theme of this year’s conference, the Life of Re­_ perfectly aligns with the  work we are doing in our economy. Our region is gaining global recognition as  leaders in the tech, finance and green industries and we are working towards  re-skilling, redefining, and recycling as ways to create growth and  opportunities for our people.”

Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer at the CTICC, stated: “Hosting  YPO supports the CTICC’s objective of attracting international events that have  the potential to harness future investment and in turn, make a meaningful  contribution to job creation and economic growth in the Western Cape and South  Africa. The  YPO GLC/Edge conference will bring together the world’s  thought leaders and we look forward to showcasing our beautiful venue and  City.”

*Adapted from Press Statement by Wesgro.

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