The Nigerian business guru was guest at the recent MEDEF Summer University Forum in Paris France on August 31, 2016.
The Chairman, Heirs Holdings and UBA Plc and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Nigerian-born Tony Elumelu has urged for deepened trade ties between France and Africa based on mutual respect and interest owing to the opportunities the continent offers. The successful entrepreneur was speaking in Paris France on August 31, 2016 during the MEDEDF Summer University Forum where he was quest.
The advocate for the African private sector and champion of African entrepreneurship, said; “When we as Africans look at France, we see a long standing friend of Africa. Looking forward, France and Africa must continue to partner in a manner that brings about positive change.” He urged France to look beyond its traditional relationships with Francophone countries, important as they are, and to embrace Anglophone and Lusophone Africa. He called on small and large businesses in France and in Africa to seek ways of collaborating in order to deepen economic ties.
“France has very strong links with Francophone Africa, and we would like to see you engage more commercially with the Anglophone countries; creating a new form of economic and commercial partnership between France and the whole of Africa,” he said.