The U.S. will vote for a new president on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2016, and a powerful African lobbying group is getting behind its candidate.
The Pan-African Business Forum, a private sector-driven organization founded by a group of statesmen and a new generation of entrepreneurs, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for U.S. president.
African billionaire Ladislas Agbesi is chairman of the Pan African Business Forum.
He founded the African News Agency (ANA), along with Dr. Iqbal Survé, chairman of Sekunjalo Investments and executive chairman of Independent Media. The African News Agency is the first news and content syndication service on the African continent and was launched in Cape Town in February 2015.
The Pan-African Business Forum is devised by Africans to accelerate the socio-economic development of the continent through programs and projects developed by Africans locally and outside the continent, according to its Facebook page.
Its activities involve lobbying for a better operating environment for businesses to benefit the businesses and their host countries, securing funding and ensuring that projects and programs are implemented for the best effect.
The Pan African Business Forum on Saturday announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the U.S.
“For Africa to reduce its infrastructure gap and transition to (the) fourth industrial revolution, we need leaders who will focus in leading the United States of America that will have better international relations with the African continent and strengthen our policy framework to ensure that all economies benefit,” Pan African Business Forum Executive Chairman Landislas Prosper Agbesi said in a speech prepared for delivery at a media briefing in Johannesburg.
“The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) will also need to be reviewed to have a high impact in developing the African continent, and this can be achieved with the great leadership of Hillary Clinton. We are better together.”
The Pan African Business Forum said that by 2063 African countries would be among the best performers in the global quality of life measures.
Agbesi said this would be attained through strategies for inclusive growth, job creation, and agricultural production; investment in science, technology, research, and innovation; and gender equality, youth empowerment, and the provision of basic services for all, including health, nutrition, education, shelter, and water and sanitation.
He said Africa needed to radically participate in the third and fourth industrial revolution by using its energetic youth to build a developmental African continent.
“Hillary Clinton’s support comes from the voting working class, middle class, and the poor African American, all those who support women leading the world. We have confidence in the traits of Hillary Clinton and the global community is in safe and caring leadership compared to Donald Trump,” he said.
The Pan African Business Forum had adopted the aspirations of the African Union to reflect the desire for shared prosperity and well-being for unity and integration and for the full potential of women and youth to be realized.