Monday, July 4, 2011
Africa is moving at the speed of light! The continent is in the dawn of its second renaissance. Forget what mainstream Western media is showing you, its not the whole picture.
Africa is China's #1 trading partner and we all know what's going on in China. India is currently vying for Africa to take its top trading spot as well. While the Western world has been mired in recession for the past few years, Africa has endured no such trouble, in fact, since 2000 the middle class all over Africa has increased significantly due the jobs China and India have flooded onto the continent. This burgeoning middle class is what is spurring investment in retail outlets, real-estate and infrastructure development.
"Long a symbol of stagnation, the African continent is experiencing a reawakening. Poverty and hunger are still widespread problems, but Africa's growing middle class is creating business and investment opportunities that are among the best in the world. With the right trade policy and development assistance, we can unlock the potential of a thriving private sector and lift millions from poverty.
Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies of the last decade were in sub-Saharan Africa, the Economist recently found. And over the next five years, the average African economy will outpace its Asian counterpart. From telecom to financial services, extractive ..."
There are 1.2 billion people in Africa and half of the population is under 30. The giant influx of technology coupled with increased political stability and more educational opportunities is a recipe for enormous economic and social progress. Out of the top ten countries building and innovating the fastest are South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana where significant inroads have been made in telecommunications, education and real estate development.
For those of us who've never been to Africa or don't have any relatives or friends to connect with as a means of making contact, there is a wealth of information online that can aid in one's quest to find a way of making business connections somewhere on the continent. The fastest way to actually get to Africa is by simply vacationing there. Africa is a tropical paradise! There are literally thousands of tourist destinations and five star resorts to consider from.
Granted, there is much work still to be done, but that is where the gold mine is, in the WORK that has to be done! The current movement opens up opportunities for more innovation, development and the cultivation of ideas that those of us who love Africa have so long waited for the chance to bring to fruition. African people all over the world must begin to think seriously about how it is they are going to do business with and within the continent. We can't allow outside influences to usurp the unsurpassed opportunity currently flourishing in Africa. We must strike now while the renaissance is in its dawn and not one second later. Do you have your ticket for the Mothership?