“Values and Value Chains: Africa in a New Global Era.”
"The global landscape is changing at a seemingly more rapid pace than ever before. We believe now is the time for the African continent, with its rich history, resources, values, and institutions, to provide the global dialogue with unique perspectives and ideas that contribute towards making the continent and the world a better, more inclusive, place.
Much of the current conversation around Africa’s current and growing economic prowess over-emphasizes its resource potential of a large and growing middle class of consumers, a passive receptacle to whom globalization can be “brought to” or “done to.” We believe in a more proactive, vigorous form of African potential. Consequently, we want to initiate a discussion that focuses on Africa’s potential as a hub for secondary and tertiary industries. The good news is that because there are not too many entrenched technologies or distribution channels or legacy infrastructure, we can be creative when thinking about solutions that address the continent and the world’s ever-growing needs."