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  Harnessing Africa s natural resources for industrial and economic growth Harnessing Africa s natural resources for industrial and economic growth A News Analysis by Chidi Opara News Agency of Nigeria Companies grow through proper funding and investment and nations develop through good policies that inspire investment and industrialisation A nation is said to be under developed if it is unable to meet the economic social health and other needs of its citizens Unfortunately this is the fate of most African countries today According to experts development is achieved by improving the standards of living of citizens raising their per capita income industries and investments are the factors that drive that goal Industries enhance productivity generate employment and create wealth Countries invest in activities and policies that engender economic development and increase Gross Domestic Product GDP Industrial development remains one of the instruments to realise that Conversely countries lacking in industries risk mass unemployment low per capita income extreme poverty and under development It was against this background that United States Latino American Chamber of Commerce USLACC organised African and Foreign Investment Trade Summit AFRIFITS in Abuja to stimulate Africa s economic growth The theme of the event was Promotion of African Businesses Synergy and Match Making Foreign Investments Speaking at the event the President of USLACC Dr Manolo Cevallos said the goal of AFRIFITS was to market Africa as the world s hub of industrialisation He said that African economic growth was achievable if only foreign investors Africans in Diaspora and African business communities unite to invest in the continent Cevallos represented at the event by Mrs Ifeoma Ejiogu a USLAAC staff said that AFRIFITS also aimed to contribute to the reform of African nations economy with a view to accelerating international trade and investment He said that an African Region of USLAAC was meant to promote Africa s international trade potential Ejiogu said the world s attention was now turning to Africa to unlock the next wave of global business and economic opportunities with its largely untapped human and material resources Mr Bethran Uzodinma an industrialist advised that to make Africa one of the global industry hubs policy makers need to project its market strengths such as its largely youthful population and huge mineral deposits to the investing community Mr Uche Egenti of the Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute NBRRI called on Nigerian entrepreneurs to rise to the challenge of the continent s socio economic development It is time for Africa to be industrialised The government cannot do everything It is time to reason together and develop concepts that will catapult Africa to the world Egenti said This view has been echoed by African leaders at different fora For instance at the just 2022 UN General Assembly UNGA77 in New York the Ghana President Nana Akufo Addo urged investors to support Africa s lucrative agro industry He told the world leaders that Africa is ready for business in new frontier such as manufacturing technology and food processing and production Local manufacturing will ensure that African economies benefit from reduced dependence on imported products from countries like China Japan and European nations with positive implications for the market value of their local currencies There is also the need for increased investment in the oil and gas to guarantee that the sector benefitted the peoples of Africa Zamfara is one of the states in Nigeria where numerous mineral resources in commercial quantity have remained largely under utilised leading to very low industrialisation At a recent investment stakeholders meeting organised by the Indian Government Abuja the state s Deputy Governor Alhaji Hassan Nasiha urged the Federal Government to connect the state with foreign investors for optimum utilisation of its numerous mineral resources Nasiha who made the appeal through his Director General of Press Affairs Babangida Zurmi said the state has huge deposits of gold iron ore tantalite zinc copper and gypsum among other numerous solid minerals He said that both its metallic and non metallic resources were untapped in almost all the 14 local government areas of the state Nasiha said it was the desire of the state government to ensure that these mineral deposits had positive impact on the lives of the people of the state Similarly at a colloquium marking Nigeria s 62nd Independence the keynote speaker Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo a Chartered Accountant and Chief Executive Officer of a UK based charity IA Foundation said investment in education was key to unraveling Nigeria s industrialisation puzzle She argued that Nigeria has not adequately funded an education system capable of producing young entrepreneurs with the know how to maximize the nation s resources for industrial growth But all is not gloom as some states have taken initiatives towards creating the enabling environment for industrialisation to blossom One of such states is Gombe which said recently that it is planning to organise an investment summit to attract investors to tap into business opportunities in the state In Katsina State the state government is preparing to host a groundbreaking Economic Summit for its two mega Economic Zone Projects The move the government said is intended to project the potentials of the state in textile and other agricultural produce that the state is endowed with s If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
Harnessing Africa’s natural resources for industrial and economic growth

Harnessing Africa’s natural resources for industrial and economic growth

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Harnessing Africa’s natural resources for industrial and economic growth
 

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News Anal

A News Analysis by Chidi Opara, News Agency of Nigeria
Companies grow through proper funding and investment and nations develop through good policies that inspire investment and industrialisation.

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A nation is said to be under-developed if it is unable to meet the economic, social, health and other needs of its citizens.

Unfortunately, this is the fate of most African countries today.

According to experts, development is achieved by improving the standards of living of citizens, raising their per capita income; industries and investments are the factors that drive that goal.

Industries enhance productivity, generate employment, and create wealth.

Gross Domestic Product

Countries invest in activities and policies that engender economic development and increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Industrial development remains one of the instruments to realise that.

Conversely, countries lacking in industries risk mass unemployment, low per capita income, extreme poverty and under-development.

United States

It was against this background that United States Latino American Chamber of Commerce (USLACC), organised African and Foreign Investment Trade Summit (AFRIFITS) in Abuja to stimulate Africa’s economic growth.

Promotion of African Businesses

The theme of the event was “Promotion of African Businesses, Synergy and Match Making Foreign Investments.

President of USLACC

Speaking at the event, the President of USLACC, Dr Manolo Cevallos, said the goal of AFRIFITS was to market Africa as the world’s hub of industrialisation.

Africans in Diaspora and African

He said that African economic growth was achievable if only foreign investors, Africans in Diaspora and African business communities unite to invest in the continent.

Mrs Ifeoma Ejiogu

Cevallos represented at the event by Mrs Ifeoma Ejiogu, a USLAAC staff, said that AFRIFITS also aimed to contribute to the reform of African nations’ economy with a view to accelerating international trade and investment.

African Region of USLAAC

He said that an African Region of USLAAC was meant to promote Africa’s international trade potential.

Ejiogu said the world’s attention was now turning to Africa to unlock the next wave of global business and economic opportunities with its largely untapped human and material resources.

Bethran Uzodinma

Mr Bethran Uzodinma, an industrialist advised that to make Africa one of the global industry hubs policy makers need to project its market strengths such as its largely youthful population and huge mineral deposits to the investing community.

Uche Egenti

Mr Uche Egenti of the Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) called on Nigerian entrepreneurs to rise to the challenge of the continent’s socio-economic development.

“It is time for Africa to be industrialised.

The government cannot do everything. 

It is time to reason together and develop concepts that will catapult Africa to the world,” Egenti said.

This view has been echoed by African leaders at different fora.

General Assembly

For instance at the just 2022 UN General Assembly (UNGA77) in New York, the Ghana President, Nana Akufo Addo, urged investors to support Africa’s lucrative agro-industry.

He told the world leaders that Africa is ready for business in new frontier such as manufacturing, technology and food processing and production.

Local manufacturing will ensure that African economies benefit from reduced dependence on imported products from countries like China, Japan and European nations with positive implications for the market value of their local currencies.

There is also the need for increased investment in the oil and gas to guarantee that the sector benefitted the peoples of Africa.

Zamfara is one of the states in Nigeria where numerous mineral resources in commercial quantity have remained largely under-utilised, leading to very low industrialisation.

Government Abuja

At a recent investment stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Indian Government Abuja the state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Hassan Nasiha urged the Federal Government to connect the state with foreign investors for optimum utilisation of its numerous mineral resources.

Director-General of Press Affairs

Nasiha, who made the appeal through his Director-General of Press Affairs, Babangida Zurmi, said the state has huge deposits of gold, iron ore, tantalite, zinc, copper and gypsum, among other numerous solid minerals.

He said that both its metallic and non-metallic resources were untapped in almost all the 14 local government areas of the state.

Nasiha said it was the desire of the state government to ensure that these mineral deposits had positive impact on the lives of the people of the state.

Ibironke Adeagbo

Similarly, at a colloquium marking Nigeria’s 62nd Independence, the keynote speaker, Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, a Chartered Accountant and Chief Executive Officer of a UK-based charity, IA-Foundation said investment in education was key to unraveling Nigeria’s industrialisation puzzle.

She argued that Nigeria has not adequately funded an education system capable of producing young entrepreneurs with the know-how to maximize the nation’s resources for industrial growth.

But all is not gloom as some states have taken initiatives towards creating the enabling environment for industrialisation to blossom.

One of such states is Gombe which said recently that it is planning to organise an investment summit to attract investors to tap into business opportunities in the state.

Economic Summit

In Katsina State, the state government is preparing to host a groundbreaking Economic Summit for its two mega Economic Zone Projects.

The move the government said is intended to project the potentials of the state in textile and other agricultural produce that the state is endowed with.

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**If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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