The World Economic Forum on Africa began today in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
Many African countries were affected by the global financial crisis and a debt crisis in Europe currently looms.
So can Africa realise its potential during this uncertain time?
Well for the next three days participants from over 85 countries, including 10 heads of state, will be discussing a wide range of issues from energy to trade.
The BBC's Andrew Walker is in Dar es Salaam and earlier spoke to Focus on Africa's Sophie Ikenye.