At the AfricaTech event, as part of AfricaCom 2019, which took place from 12 to 14 November in Cape Town, South Africa, I asked: “Can we have an e-commerce platform in Africa that competes with the world’s largest e-commerce platforms? My vision is positive. I do believe so.
Being among young dreamers is one of my greatest joys. I can see myself in their entrepreneurial spirit and their passion for creating something new. That’s what happened at the Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference, which took place at the University of Cape Verde on October 10, 2019.
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.
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.
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%.
Fully aware of the great challenges ahead, students share their vision for the African continent. They aspire to a better trained, more informed Africa that possesses more technology, innovation and citizenship.
I always find it inspiring to listen to the teams and to get to know their challenges and achievements on the path that we tread together. I share snippets of those conversations with some of the engineers at Efacec who have helped place their company at the centre of the electric mobility revolution.
I have been very proud to see Efacec changing the current paradigm, as it contributes to the building of electric mobility’s future.
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.