In a room where everyone shared a passion for business creation, I had the opportunity to sit with 17 young Africans. It is inspiring to see the enthusiasm and strength with which they want to grasp entrepreneurship.
A book is something that inspires and builds us. The right book can change our path and be transformational in our lives. A future manager and entrepreneur can and should seek to deepen his knowledge and insight in the world of literature.
A vast continent with huge potential and hard-working people who love their land… everything is in place for Africa to take the leap and become a robust economy. What needs to be done to make this happen?
As a woman and an entrepreneur, I am all for female potential in leadership and management. It is so rewarding to see so many women all over the world growing their careers and achieving their professional goals. But many of them are facing major challenges in their endeavour to attain leadership positions.
We live in promising times, in terms of the growing awareness of the role of women in society. From the family to the business world, in politics, entertainment or sciences, the contribution made by women in all walks of life has reached an unparalleled force. And it is this strength that has to be fostered, for the good of a fairer, better balanced and more complete society.
The world population has never had so many young people. This is the largest generation of young people the world has ever seen. Therefore, there is enormous human potential. We must believe in this generation, give them the tools to exceed themselves and do things they never thought possible.
The world of science, technology and engineering is in need of more women. At a time when technology is advancing apace, only 28% of the world’s researchers are women. There are numerous opportunities ahead and women cannot afford to be left behind.
Africa must prepare itself right now to receive the 1.7 billion people that will be living on the continent by 2030. In fact, by 2050 Angola’s population will almost have tripled, from the current 27 million to over 76 million people. In light of the population growth rates for the coming decade, town planning is a must for our cities. It is a tremendous challenge and it cannot wait.
The conclusion of a university education is always a moment of great joy and pride for young people. But doubt settles quickly: and now, what will I do with my life? I share with all these young people a little guide to help them in this turning point.
I was privileged to meet a group of young students at the University of Warwick who were truly passionate by the idea of development on the African continent. Together we shared our concerns and dreams, but most of all the commitment to ensure Africa fulfils its full potential.
To create a business is to generate value and, with that, to build a better world. Each time we set up a well-structured project that generates positive results we are moving the world one step further along, and all our lives with it. I believe that Africa will be the next great stage of business development. It could not be any other way.
People and natural resources. Combining the two achieves the best possible outcome: it reveals capabilities, creates opportunities and jobs, generates value and quality from our products. Encouraging national production from North to South, seeking out each Province’s treasures and working up close with communities.