Isabel dos Santos: Africas Female Champion
Coming from Angola, Isabel dos Santos has climbed up the ladder to become Africa’s richest woman. She is the former daughter of Angola’s former president and has gone on to do wonderful things in her community and in business as well. Isabel dos Santos is the current Chairwoman of Unitel, an Angola communications company making waves in Africa. She is also an advocate for women’s right and the modernization of Africa through technology.
Isabel went to the African Summit in Brussels in order to discuss how to improve relationships between the European Union and African Nations. She stresses the need for improvements to the economy through diversification. This would include improvements to most sectors of structure including agriculture and banking. In terms of agriculture, new tools and implements that could make activities easier will be of great advantage. Increased productivity will reduce lack of food, reduce the price and create of a lesser cost of production. The economy will greatly benefit from this.
Another point of development is banking, Isabel dos Santos reckons that Africa will soon embrace a fully digital form of banking which will increase the number of individual bank accounts in the continent. The digital structure will lay the foundation for e-commerce platforms, at a point Africans will forsake traditional trade for online shopping (IsabeldosSantos).
According to Isabel dos Santos, this growth should be coupled with higher quality education to foster talented graduates. Also, the improvement of a the legal structure will highly increase prospects of future investments. This will bring in jobs and keep the talented pool of graduates. Another point Isabel dos Santos raised, was the population growth and the need for newer smaller cities. If not, it could be more efficient to create better transport systems that would decrease congestions in megacities. Her company is currently in partnership with google to set optic cables from Africa to Brazil.
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