Brussels: the 2nd edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum confirms the advantages of entrepreneurship in Africa
Brussels, the European capital hosted from October 16 to 18, the 2nd edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum under the theme “Invest in Africa, Entrepreneurship in Africa”. The event was organized by the Notre Afrik group and brought together 400 guests.
The edition’s sponsor was Senegal’s President Macky Sall. He was represented by his Prime Minister Mahammad Boune Addallah Dionne, who was accompanied by a large delegation made up in particular of the Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Plan Amadou Bâ, the Minister of Industry and Mines Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, the Secretary of State responsible for the emergency community development program.
Mahammad Boune Addallah Dionne recalled that Africa occupies a place of heart in Brussels. He defined this economic forum as “a crossroads of discussions between political actors of civil society and the African private sector”. He summarized the forum in three points: “the enormity” of the African continent which can include countries like America, China, India, Mexico, Argentina united in the same space.
He denounced the stereotypes and the image conveyed of a broken down Africa, and wished that “all the African countries are part of the trains which arrive on time in the stations”. He called for constructive dialogue, with Africa today having many reasons to “be optimistic”, the continent now part of the trading society.
Optimistic and based on a recent study by the World Bank (WB) Mahammad Boune Addallah Dionne is convinced that it is possible to create 10 million jobs per year in sub-Saharan Africa. He stressed the need to improve human capital through quality vocational training to accelerate development. He took the case of Senegal, engaged in “the battle for good governance, respect for the rule of law, transparency in management, key elements for the development of a nation”.
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of development Alexandre Decros was optimistic about the future of Africa, which he considered “a promised land which will occupy an important place in the world. While growth in Europe is stagnating, in Africa it is exploding, “he said.
This offers many opportunities and increasingly attracts foreign investors. “The destinies of Africa and Europe are linked. Each has everything to gain from the success of the other, “he recalled, before inviting the leaders” to give birth to a new generation of entrepreneurs, create conditions of trust and foster a business climate. conducive to investment ”.
Thierry Hot, the initiator and organizer of the Rebranding Africa Forums, is congratulated on the success of the “now unavoidable meeting: for the first time, Africa spoke to Africa in Brussels, a stronghold of cooperation relations between our continent and Europe “.
Addressing African youth, Thierry Hot recalled this African wisdom which says: “It is at the end of the old rope that the new is braided. The new Africa is already taking shape by the young general who prints her mark everywhere. It should therefore be strong and prosperous at the institutional, political and economic level ”.
At the end of the forum, there was a consensus that the success of the emergence of Africa will depend on social, political and cultural factors backed by a solid economic infrastructure. Faced with the economic growth rates of the African continent, there is a return of the States on the scene of the investors which it is necessary to perpetuate and make more inclusive.
Challenges likely to make African economies more attractive to international investors. This does not exclude fostering the emergence of strong and dynamic local entrepreneurship and promoting the economic and cultural assets of the continent.