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World Economic Forum in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania May 5th

11:00am

Just finished a session on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa. Spoke on how Africa has plenty of entrepreneurs what they need is capital to fund their projects. Its odd that we talk about people surviving on $1 a day but we don’t recognise that to do that one needs enormous amounts of resilience, creativity, and focus- the kind of assets any entrepreneur deems essential to business success.

The only difference is that the one is an entrepreneur by necessity while the other is by opportunity.

One lady panellist made an informative presentation on the kind of transformation work her women based NGO is doing in Tanzania in the area of micro finance, modernising agriculture and advocacy for women’s rights.

Camerapix’s Salim Amin made a strong case for the media to change the perspectives on Africa. Showcase more opportunity and less of the images of hunger, disease and death.

Allon a South African entrepreneur moderated. He has an interesting background running an enterprise incubation center for over 200 companies-
he is looking to develop that platform to 2,000 companies.

The World Economic Forum main sessions begin today. Dar is flooded with visitors to the Forum- they really have done a good job especially with government averting a major public sector strike that would have caused big disruptions.

Forgot to mention yesterday the interesting people who have become YGL’s – among them Australian swimming champion Ian Thorpe.

The sessions have began now….

More later….

2 Responses to “World Economic Forum in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania May 5th”

  1. Jim Atamba says:

    What you say is well demonstrated in BBC’s Welcome to Lagos series. As Mohammed Yunus said, “…the poor do not need to be lectured on how to survive, the mere fact they are alive is testament to their survival skills. What they need is the tools to better their standard of living” And that includes access to credit b’se most are already entrepreneurs–by necessity!

  2. Simon Kaheru says:

    Seriously wish I were there. Represent us for now, and we’ll catch up when you get back.

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