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LADOL, other blue chips angling to reap from $12tn GED investment drive

Though the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) summit has come and gone, intelligence companies have started restructuring and repackaging to fit into the class that will tap from the emerging $12tn Global Economic Development (GED) basket.

Already, the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics base (LADOL), has joined notable world business promoters in mapping out strategies to actualize how Africa could effectively reap a whopping $1 trillion from a projected $12 trillion new market value in an emerging global economic system.

The projected $12 trillion economic developing plan evolved from last month’s meeting of the world business leaders in London, United Kingdom (UK), under the aegis of Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC), to impact on the global economic system within the next decade.

Business Hilights recalls that at the London meeting, the group had raised the optimism that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities of such high value while at the same time creating over 380 million jobs every year by 2030.

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission which was launched in Davos in January 2016, has the Managing Director of LADOL Dr. Amy Jadesimi as a member from Nigeria alongside other 36 global business entrepreneurs drawn from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organizations across the world.

In its second meeting of the year which held at the weekend in Nairobi Kenya, the body essentially deliberated on ways of getting the African continent to optimally benefit from the huge projection with the conclusion that the continent could rake in $1 trillion dollars from the projected US$12 trillion largess, if well harnessed.

The Commission has a twin objective of mapping the economic advantages that could be available to business if the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals are achieved, as well as highlighting how businesses can contribute to delivering such goals.

In its wide range deliberations at the Kenya confab, the Commission under the Chairmanship of former Deputy Secretary –General of the United Nations (UN), Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, noted that African business leaders, entrepreneurs and economies can benefit and even help to develop significant economic opportunities if they pursue sustainable business models.

The opportunities and how to achieve them took centre stage at the two-day events hosted by Safaricom and Intellecap in Nairobi, to launch the African Better Business, Better World report from the BSDC.

According to the Commission’s Chair, Lord Malloch Brown, “the world is seeing increasingly that African companies are models for what can be achieved with ingenuity and innovation as they solve difficult social challenges. They are not wedded to old solutions and so here in Kenya, we see digital innovators delivering banking energy and health solutions. The speed of innovation and adoption is astonishing.

“The Better Business, Better World report launch in Nairobi puts the African private sector squarely in the drivers’ seat on the road to achieving sustainable development and we welcome more African business leaders to join the Business Commission” he said.

A key message in the report from the deliberation hosted between February 23-24 by Safaricom –a leading mobile telecom operator in Kenya, and Intellecap is that “digital solutions and entrepreneurs will be critical to unlocking many of the opportunities”.

It further stated that, “research from the report has identified 32 ‘development’ unicorns that are developing global goals related with market caps of more than US$1 billion. In Africa, entrepreneurs are bringing in new solution to development problems remarkable ways, and the opportunities are compelling”.

Stressing further, the report noted that a single one of the market hot spot-affordable housing, could create over 13 million jobs within a short period, stressing that “risk pooling is the single largest monetary opportunity in Africa valued at US$150 billion”.

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