During Africa – Russia panel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019, I shared my perspective about Africa and called for more Russian investment in our continent.
Digital transformation is about change, speed, connectivity, real-time economy, future. And this transformation is just beginning. As it continues its advance, the implications for businesses, cities and our lives will be tremendous.
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.
Never before have so many people in Africa had access to the internet. By the end of 2018, there will be almost 500 million of us. The continent is growing. One sign of this is the increasing democratisation of access to the internet. Last year alone, the number of internet users in Africa grew by 20%. In contrast, user numbers in Asia only rose by 5% and in the Americas by a mere 3%.
Africa has the highest concentration of young people anywhere on the planet. It is essential to anticipate the expected population growth, but we can face it with hope and take a positive attitude for a positive tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.