Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Industries Limited, has advocated for increased integration of African economies and the expansion of trade and investments across the continent to spur growth and generate employment opportunities.
Addressing participants at the Intra-African Trade Fair 2023, themed ‘Connecting African Markets,’ held at the Al Manara International Conference Centre in Nasr City, Cairo Governorate, Dangote, represented by Ahmed Mansur, Group Executive Director of Stakeholder Management and Government Relations, expressed the company’s commitment to actively participate and support both the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and the Intra-African Trade Fair.
Highlighting that the Dangote Group is one of the largest conglomerates in Africa, with investments spanning various sectors and across 14 countries on the continent, Dangote emphasized the significance of economic integration and increased trade and investments within Africa.
“The integration of African economies and the expansion of trade and investments within the continent are therefore extremely important to our group because it provides opportunities for continuous growth and expansion. This is why we support the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and indeed the Intra-African Trade Fair,” stated Dangote.
On the sidelines of the event, Dangote, also an event partner, asserted the company’s responsibility to promote entrepreneurship and development in Africa, given its presence in around 14 countries across the continent. He emphasized the importance of showcasing the Dangote brand prominently and carrying the responsibility not only for the company but also for Nigeria.
“For an event of this magnitude, Dangote has a responsibility because it is recognized all over Africa. You will be surprised that perhaps the Dangote Group, in terms of its capacity as a leading entrepreneur in Nigeria, is recognized more widely in other African countries. And so, we have the responsibility to carry our brand and to carry that name very prominently,” added Dangote. He emphasized the broader significance of representing Nigeria and maintaining this responsibility beyond seeking partnerships or business opportunities.