As part of the 2020 UK-Africa Investment Summit, Crasner Capital was invited to participate in the
UK Government’s esteemed UK Africa Manufacturing forum yesterday.
Attended by leading UK and African manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs and investment commissions, the event focused on UK-African partnerships in the agri-processing, FMCG and healthcare sectors.
The day commenced with an energizing address by the Minister for Investment and Trade, Graham Stuart, on the UK’s ambition to be Africa’s investor of choice, marking a new dawn in the UK-African relationship. Other highlights included Chris Isaac’s from AgDevCo discussing the need for patient capital for emerging SME’s, Souleymane Ba from Helios Investment Partners on the importance of training local talent to increase productivity and operational excellence, CDC Group plc’s Belinda Hurwitz insights on the burgeoning consumer sector, the leading recipient of FDI, and Alan Jope, the CEO of Unilever, posing the question of the day: “It’s not about whether you can afford to be in Africa today, can you afford not to be in Africa in 5 – 10 years?”.
Mr. Jope’s comments echo our stance on the remarkable source of unrealized opportunities in Africa, and our continued participation and commitment to the continent.