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L-R: The summit moderator, Akwasi Sarpong; former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; Tanzanian premier Pinda; Presidents Museveni of Uganda; Mahama of Ghana, Kagame of Rwanda; and the event organiser, Paul Sinclair. (Village Urugwiro)

Make No Mistake on continent’s unmatched opportunities despite Ebola scare- African Leaders tell Investors

October 21, 2014

L-R: The summit moderator, Akwasi Sarpong; former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; Tanzanian premier Pinda; Presidents Museveni of Uganda; Mahama of Ghana, Kagame of Rwanda; and the event organiser, Paul Sinclair. (Village Urugwiro) L-R: The summit moderator, Akwasi Sarpong; former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; Tanzanian premier Pinda; Presidents Museveni of Uganda; Mahama of Ghana, Kagame of Rwanda; and the event organiser, Paul Sinclair. (Village Urugwiro)[/caption] As the Ebola virus puts a dent on its image,African leaders are reminding investors of the continent’s  unmatched  economic and investment opportunities. Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda; Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda; John Mahama of Ghana, and Paul Kagame of Rwanda used a panel discussion at the Global African Investment Summit in London to taut the merits of investing in the billion man market that Africa offers. “From whichever angle you look at it, Africa is the place to invest. The consuming power is there and the infrastructure is being worked on and there is market access,” said President Museveni. The leaders took turns in sharing a broad range of areas in their specific countries and across Africa which should be of interest to investors. From power to infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, broadband to boast greater internet access, the leaders painted a glossy picture of the investment opportunities in a continent whose image is taking a bashing from the Ebola virus largely limited to three West African countries. “There are different challenges but there are also opportunities. Between the resources that East Africa or Sub Saharan Africa have and the challenges, right in between there are real opportunities and solutions,” said Rwanda’s Paul Kagame. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoeATZlhkHk Reminding people that President Museveni ought to be a reference in the fight against Ebola for containing it in Uganda in the past, Mahama of Ghana said there is greater coherence in the global response now. Mahama ,who doubles as the current Chair of the West African Regional body ECOWAS ,said his country was now serving as a hub to coordinate and facilitate support to the affected countries of Guinea ,Liberia and Sierra Leone . Mahama suggested that instead of concentrating resources for the response solely to international NGO’s, some of the resources should go through the governments as well. “We need to work together regionally, strengthen country systems to tackle problems that affect African citizens. Epidemics like Ebola remind us that investments should be about building systems,” said President Kagame. Chaired by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the two day forum seeks to steer funds from international projects to participating countries like Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana.    ]]>

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One response to “Make No Mistake on continent’s unmatched opportunities despite Ebola scare- African Leaders tell Investors”

  1. Jerome Almon says:

    WHY isn’t this being told to African Americans in order to get the $230 billion in investment? Better investment with no strings attached that would TRIPLE Africa’s GDP in 3-5 years?

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