Thursday, 16 July 2009

Presidents Optimistic about African Future

Over the Weekend I was pleased to catch President Obama’s speech to the Ghanaian Parliament. The US President focused on many issues that I and CBC believe are important for the future prosperity of the African Continent.

President Obama spoke of Africa’s future being in African hands, “aid is not an end in itself. The purpose of foreign assistance must be creating the conditions where it is no longer needed”. He went on to talk of a Continent not only rich in natural resources, but also entrepreneurs where “cell phone entrepreneurs to small farmers, have shown the capacity and commitment to create their own opportunities”
This optimistic view of Africa is shared by HE Paul Kagame who I met last week while he was in the UK to speak at our Africa Business Forum. He commented that the only thing holding Africa back now was the lack of a vibrant business-public sector relationship. “We have the people, we have the recourses and we have proven that investing in Africa gives you the highest possible returns available anywhere in the world”.

I believe that Africa is well positioned to emerge from the recession stronger than ever, and am glad to see that there is a general consensus around the world, after all the continent is still displaying growth rates above the global average. There is a new confidence both within and outside the continent in the African future.

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