“Africa is transforming, but challenges remain” said NEPAD CEO, Dr Mayaki. He was speaking at the Black Business Executive Circle (BBEC) Roundtable discussion themed “Making the African Renaissance work: The role of a progressive Black Business Elite” . Dr Mayaki spoke on the role of the black business elite in transforming the African Continent and the importance of Regional integration. “The main challenges facing us are collective challenges and not individual, hence Regional integration is key in transforming Africa” he said.
Ms Nyami Mandindi, BBEC Treasurer said that the objective of the roundtables is to provide members with an opportunity to have an open dialogue with leading personalities drawn from politics, business and labour in an exclusive and intimate environment. “We want to ensure that we create the intellectual space where black business leaders can come together to challenge, debate and discuss critical issues that contribute to shaping opinion and policy” she said.
In attendance, Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu who is a member of the NEPAD Steering Committee also welcomed BBEC’s support to NEPAD and encouraged future stronger collaboration between the two institutions.
The guests also acknowledged that the Black Business Council can play a greater role through supporting the NEPAD transformation agenda and welcomed the proposal of creating a BBEC desk within NEPAD in the future.