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Elumelu emphasises collaboration, integration in increasing trade, investment in Africa

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Elumelu emphasises collaboration, integration in increasing trade, investment in Africa

Elumelu emphasises collaboration, integration in increasing trade, investment in Africa
March 01
12:53 2016

Chairman, Heirs Holdings, UBA Plc and Transcorp Plc, Mr Tony Elumelu, has stressed that sustained Investments in agriculture and energy can lead to and sustain economic transformation across the African continent.

Elumelu said this during while speaking on the Role of the African Private Sector in the Continent’s Development and Regional Integration to a gathering of over 1,500 African business leaders at the 4th International African Development Forum in Casablanca which held between February 24th and 25th, 2016.

Organised by the Attijariwafa bank since 2010, this year’s forum, was being held in collaboration with the Moroccan Government institution, Maroc Export with focus on ‘Agriculture and Electrification: Harnessing Energies’.

Elumelu, while delivering his speech at the opening plenary, said that while we are united by geography, North Africa is increasingly counted as Middle East. “I come here today to embrace my North African brothers and sisters and also my francophone brothers and sisters represented here. African unity should be about shared bonds and trade. As we grow closer we will address the challenges caused by our trade barriers. I believe in Africa, and I believe in the power of entrepreneurship to deliver the future we all want for the continent- a future of stability and prosperity, with sustainable energy and food for all!” he noted.

Elumelu further stressed the importance of investments and of providing the right infrastructure for development across the continent. “The private sector has the capacity and must acknowledge and embrace its role in the development of our continent. We have common challenges. We need investment and we need development in Africa. I decided that I needed to be here to participate in such a forward moving initiative. I call this Africapitalism”.

Africapitalism proposes that the African private sector has the power to transform Africa through long-term investments, creating both economic prosperity and social wealth; a belief that he has backed by launching the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme – a 10-year, $100 million commitment to empower the next generation of African entrepreneurs and generate $10 billion in annual revenue, creating at least one million jobs across Africa.

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