Entrepreneur Isabel dos Santos has been a leading voice pushing for a digital revolution in Africa. She calls for international investment across the continent to give people access to telecommunications services. She says that business owners are hampered by poor telecommunications infrastructure, which is holding them back from competing on the global stage.
Besides technology, she says that a lack of egalitarian frameworks is another reason Africa is not prosperous. Women’s careers are sidelined for men because they are regarded as the family breadwinner by society. This archaic belief holds back economic growth across the continent. At the companies Isabel dos Santos operates, women have the same access to jobs and promotions as men do.
However, she does say that Africa is made up of very different countries each with their own set of issues. These countries have their own legal systems, forms of government, and cultures. Companies and organizations that want to work in Africa need to recognize these differences if they expect to be successful. Read article about Isabel Dos Santos at Observador
É tão inspirador quando vejo os casos de sucesso nas minhas empresas… O sucesso não acontece isoladamente. Quando alguém das minhas equipas é bem-sucedido, a sua família também é beneficiada: têm um modelo inspirador e uma sólida base económica para construir o #futuro #Angola pic.twitter.com/vRCVQHiyfY
— Isabel Dos Santos (@isabelaangola) August 22, 2019
Addressing education in her country, Angola, and across Africa, she said that it’s not good enough that people learn to read and write. Isabel dos Santos says that people need to be more ambitious than that. What is needed is to get young people the set of skills they need to get a job. She has called for schools and universities to work with businesses to determine what students need to learn. She says that with the right kind of training people will be able to work good-paying jobs.
She recently spoke at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. She was invited due to her position as the chairperson of Unitel, Angola’s leading telecommunications company. This forum addressed many issues in Africa including education, imports and exports, food security, and infrastructure development. Russia is a major exporter to Africa, topping $1 billion in 2019.
Isabel dos Santos talked about the business environment in Africa and what economic opportunities exist. She said that there are many natural resources that can be used to develop local economies and export to other nations. These resources include agriculture, gold, copper, oil, and copper.