Ibrahim Mahama speaks at Concordia Africa Summit- London
Founder and CEO of Engineers and Planners, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, on the 28th of February 2019, participated as a distinguished speaker at Concordia Africa Initiative in London.
Concordia Africa fosters a community of cross-sector leaders to share strategies for economic growth and lasting prosperity on the rapidly-changing and demographically-growing continent.
Mr. Ibrahim Mahama was a panelist on a session dubbed ’21st Century Investment in Africa’. The session explored broadly what it means to invest in Africa in the 21st century across industries from education to
infrastructure, and how to keep African agendas central to the investment story of the continent moving forward.
Mr. Mahama, who runs a cross-section of businesses with Intra-African reach, provided invaluable insight, based on his 2 decades-worth of experience investing in Africa.
He asserted that Africa has enough resources to bring it’s people out of poverty.
“We can do better by having confidence in our people, We need to ensure that the real capital stays in Africa.”, Mr. Mahama said. He went on to explain that Engineers and Planners have been able to go into Zambia and start off a copper mine using a Ghanaian workforce. Proving that Africans are actually capable if given the chance.
He intimated with the audience his entrepreneurial journey from having started with only the equivalent of £500 back in 1997, to having recently signed a 1.7 Billion dollars contract with Goldfields Ghana.
H.E Olushegun Obasanjo was also a panelist. He offered a critical view point on the way forward for Africa’s Investment strategies, drawing from his long political career in Africa’s largest economy.
Other panelists joining the conversation were Chika Chukwujekwu the Head of Africa Business Development at Grant Thornton who was also the session moderator, and Mr. Mohammed Nyaoga, Chairman of the Board of Directors – Central Bank of Kenya.
Mr. Nyaoga emphasised on the need for deliberate effort to Brand Africa and change the African narrative.
Previous peakers at the Summit include Ghana’s President H.E Nana Akufo-Addo and Rwanda’s President H.E Paul Kagame.
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