The Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu has highlighted the opportunities Africa offers and urged stronger business relationships between France and Africa. He also called for deepening of commercial relationships based on mutual respect and interest between African economies and France.
The founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation said this at the recent MEDEF Summer University Forum in Paris, the annual meeting of French business and political leaders. The forum is one of France’s leading gatherings, bringing together over 7,500 business and opinion leaders, including Heads of State, government officials, political and business leaders, academics and over 450 French and international journalists.
France was urged to look beyond its traditional relationships with Francophone countries, important as they are, and to embrace Anglophone and Lusophone Africa. Also, small and large businesses in France and in Africa are advised to seek ways of collaborating in order to deepen economic ties.
“What is good for the private sector is also good for society. The private sector is best placed to assist government achieve its mandate. If the private sector succeeds, it creates more jobs, enhances security, and improves living standards,” Mr Tony Elumelu said.