The NEPAD Business Foundation held its annual ‘NBF Members and Strategic Partners Luncheon’ on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at the Nedbank building, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton. The event was once again, hosted by Dr. Reuel Khoza, Non-Executive Chairman of the Nedbank Group and board member to the NBF.
The main aim of this annual luncheon is to keep the NBF’s core publics abreast with the organisation’s progress and achievements as well as show them appreciation for their valuable contributions.
Mr Gengezi Mgidlana, Deputy Director General in the office of the Presidency: Advisor to NEPAD, gave the keynote address in which he unpacked Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the private sector’s role in the development of the region over the next 50 years. He highlighted the challenges the continent is facing in the transformation process and how the Agenda 2063 has designed measures to mitigate these challenges.
The NBF Chairman, Mr Stanely Subramoney encouraged members and stakeholders to participate in Africa’s development by joining the various programmes and initiatives of the NEPAD Business Foundation in in Infrastructure; Agriculture; Resource Management and Corporate Governance.
“For the first time this year, the corporates presented the progress of the various NBF programmes in their capacity as chairpersons of the initiatives. These programmes are designed to be private sector led and are geared towards commerce and sustainable development. This shows that African companies are increasingly taking the initiative to tackle challenges which hinder Africa’s growth and are actively engaging in developmental ventures.” Stanley Subramoney – Chairman of the NEPAD Business Foundation
“What is different this year is that we are increasing personal interaction with all our members. We are scheduling one-on-one meetings with discuss their Africa growth strategies and how we can help them entre new territories in African markets and industries. This is helping us to better understand our members’ unique needs and specific service requirements and how we can best serve them.” Lynette Chen – CEO of the NEPAD Business Foundation
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