Some things don’t need to change, Elumelu tells Clinton, Trump
Founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, has told presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton that on the United States-Africa Policy, some things don’t need to change.
What the U.S needs, according to him, is for things to be expanded and scaled up. “In other words, we need more U.S. engagement in Africa through mutually beneficial trade and investment, ” Elumelu said while speaking in Delaware as keynote speaker at the U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ Opportunity Africa Conference 2016.
Speaking further, Elumelu said “That is exactly what I, and 200 other U.S. and African political and business leaders including President Obama and over 30 African Presidents, will be discussing next week at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in New York- how to strengthen mutually beneficial economic ties between the African and American peoples.”
Elumelu’s theme is entrepreneurship. One of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs; he is dedicating time and money, to create a new generation of African business woman and men, committing $100 million of his own money.
According to Elumelu, “If we give our people the economic tools to thrive, living standards increase, the political challenges that Africa faces can be tackled and fundamental positive change can be assured.
He called on the next U.S. president to work in shared purpose with Africans on implementing innovative solutions to the complex but surmountable challenges in Africa.
He also challenged the American electorate that “So when you meet, write, call and email your political candidates and representatives and the elected president in November, tell them that when it comes to Africa, you want “More. And by “More”, I mean more engagement, more positively impactful policies and more development and commercial investment in Africa.”
In closing, Elumelu said: “I am an unashamed optimist and I believe that working together, in shared purpose, which is what Africapitalism is about, we can help usher in economic transformation that will ensure Africa is a critical player in the 21st Century global economy.