Italy is known as home to some of the world’s best manufacturers of industrial machines, some of which have helped transform nations especially in Africa where the Italian flag is flying high as one of the providers of the world’s most sophisticated and efficient technology.
Madi Sakande, a seasoned entreprenuer, born and bred in Burkina Faso, left his home country to come to Italy with a crystal clear objective: to gain knowledge that would enable him to play an active role in transforming Africa.
The African continent made a major historic move towards a long-held dream of economic integration spearheaded by the African Union on the 21st of March 2018 when 44 leaders signed an agreement to create the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at a ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.
China has been Africa’s most important economic and business partner for over two decades now. During earlier years, China’s intentions were primarily diplomatic. However, today, no other country can match the influence the Asian giant has across Africa in trade, investment, infrastructure financing, and development.
The late Kenyan Scholar Prof Ali Mazrui’s documentary ‘Africa- A Triple Heritage’, has the best analogy on what China is doing to Africa Nations today. In the film, Mazrui shows how European colonialism destroyed Africa’s ability to make its own things- a trick he termed as Predatory capitalism.