The people who are really going to change Africa are going to be the young people with the ideas, with the energy, the time and the will. So, you still have all that energy and all those ideas to make a difference, and that’s great. When we look at how our population is going to grow over the next 20 years, we’re going to double. So, if you can think of a city like, let’s say Johannesburg, is going to be double.
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.
In my opinion being an entrepreneur today is looking for improvements and making the best use of the knowledge and information that is already available. It is to be deep in analysis and demanding in the outcome. To innovate, in turn, is to want the best solutions that respond to unarticulated needs or problems in the existing market.
Women can change the world. It was with this conviction that more than 200 business people gathered in Lisbon around the subjects of mobility and innovation. A reflection promoted by the Federation of Female Entrepreneurs of CE-CPLP (Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries), which was attended by Engineer Isabel dos Santos.
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.
Entrepreneurship in Africa is becoming more and more vibrant. Yesterday we didn’t even recognise the faces or names of the African entrepreneurs. They are now familiar faces that are recognised around the world and have become a model to follow. I believe that success creates success and many more Africans will end up joining this great family.
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.
I shared my vision for Africa with the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders at the University of Warwick, UK. My dream is that one day Africa will fulfil its destiny and become a continent of peace, democracy and prosperity.
We have to look what are the different strengths that African countries have and how can we position our countries in a way that we can be collaborative. So it’s about recognising which is going to be our role within Africa and which will be our role within the world. Then us businessmen translating into real opportunities of business.
We need to have people that are educated, who now realize that agriculture is a money maker, is an opportunity and that we can make money out of it. The tendency for local business, once they have a guarantee to off-take, is to grow. If these are good entrepreneurs, active and full of energy, they should be growing their business.
The vision for Luanda’s future should start now as a city whose population will double in ten years’ time and reach 13 million inhabitants. In this matter it is key to listen local communities.