Business – lack of private companies, low private investment and lack of job opportunities for young people. Due
to the lack of private investment the start-up of a small business is very difficult for locals. There is a huge gap between rich and poor people! There are a few rich here,
but a lot of poor ones who live in terrible conditions. I worked in Togo for two local NGOs – Afrikimpact and Amis Du Monde Entier – and I need to acknowledge that those
organizations have great ideas and visions that would definitely leave a huge impact on Africa and its young generation, nevertheless, I found out some issues that should be tackled.
Apart from the fact that NGOs and enterprises lack the start-up capital and the overall financial investment, I noticed that there is also the problem with the companies’ visibility on the Social Media.
In my opinion this is caused by two reasons – by the bad internet connection (which is really slow and it drops all the time) and by the low level of IT education in a way that not many young people know how
to use social media to promote their company. Therefore, keeping in pace with West can be a bit challenging and it also affects the partnership makings in Europe, because as the African companies are not visible,
no one will contact them. To finalize, I propose to ameliorate the internet connection in Africa, so that they can keep in pace with the rest of the world. Likewise, I understand that the organizations should be better connected with the European organizations in order to share and exchange the knowledge and skills. Here, I should stress that I am not talking only about the exchange from North to South, but also from South to North as Europe has also a lot to learn from Africa. Why is this Europe-Africa connection important? In my opinion, better connection leads to creation of mutual trust and therefore to investment and B2B making. This would probably help African countries out of the aid trap they are in.”
Reporter: Ms. Kristyna Michkova