29 May 2014

Africa: Unilever CEO Seeks Equitable Growth in Africa

Chief Executive Officer of the global consumer goods company Unilever, Paul Polman, wants Africa's political and business leaders to work towards achieving sustainable and equitable growth in Africa.

A statement by Unilever on Wednesday, said Polman was at the just concluded World Economic Forum for Africa, in Abuja, and had a private session with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Polman who spoke on the need to upscale capabilities in Africa, said the continent "should also focus on capability building. In Africa, there's still an enormous skill gap between what is needed to achieve Africa's ambition and what is on ground right now.

"To achieve economic growth in Africa, businesses have a key role to play; we can't leave it to government and educational institutions alone. Most of the education people get happens after they have left school. Companies must therefore share the responsibility. We must start seeing Africa as an investment for the longer term" he said.

Also speaking at a session titled "From 2015 to 2063; Accelerating Africa's Transformation," at the just concluded 24th World Economic Forum on Africa, Paul Polman recognised Africa's tremendous growth potential.

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