The French President, Emmanuel Macron, who is in Nigeria on a working visit, will on Wednesday interact with more than 2,000 budding entrepreneurs from Africa, who are alumni of the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme.
The session, which is the highlight of Macron’s visit to the country, will be chaired by the Chairman, United Bank for Africa Plc and Founder, TEF, Mr Tony Elumelu, and will give African entrepreneurs a platform to closely engage with the French President and garner ideas from his experience as one of the youngest heads of state in the world, according to a statement by the foundation.
The session will also provide a platform where participants can network and forge partnerships with French and African business leaders and policymakers, who will be in attendance, according to the statement.
Speaking ahead of the event, Elumelu said the collaboration between the French President and TEF was a result of Macron’s acknowledgement that African entrepreneurs remained the key to the continent’s economic transformation and his desire to connect with and elevate the voices of future leaders.
Elumelu stated, “We welcome President Macron of France to meet our entrepreneurs, over 2,000 of them from across Africa. Macron is a new kind of leader. He brings the discipline of the private sector and understands the social obligations of the state. He speaks to Africa as a strategic partner and most importantly, he is a champion of entrepreneurship.
“It is a pleasure to introduce him to our Africa; the Africa of innovation, determination and opportunity. We share a somewhat similar background with the French President, being a banker, who became a visionary and is bringing a new mind-set to politics and business.”
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