Talent in Africa

Looking out for Talent in Africa

I have been wondering how can Africa scale up to be one of the foremost continents in the World. Most of the time we look at Africa in terms of donations, NGO and other charity initiatives to lift its poor out of poverty. The other times we look at developed countries to make investments to develop it. This got me thinking as to if Africa has to develop itself and lift itself out of Poverty, how would it begin. What does it manufacture, export beside raw materials like minerals, gold which it already does. Besides it is already in a lot of problems like ethnic struggle, illness & disease, malnutrition, lack of freedom and more.

It would have to form a bridge with the most developed part of the World – mostly Silicon Valley in USA. So how does it partner with Silicon Valley in developing itself and at the same time providing value to the developed World. It would have to work its way up the value chain. Some of the top industries which it can contribute to is Biotech, Clean Energy and IT.

Biotech

Africa can start off by being the land for Clinical Trials for Pharma and biotech companies with its rich source of nature on its land. It would also help in peaking the interest of Drug and Pharma companies to cure the disease and illness in Africa. Currently there is hardly any incentive for them as there is no money for them. They can also then move up the value chain in this field by learning the nuts and bolts of this industry. In due course they would have to mushroom education – schools, college to support employment in this field.

Reference:
Astrazeneca (The company I did a short biology assignment, was great fun)
Biotechnology
20 Technologies in Biotech  (The field I have been researching since I found I would have to start from scratch)

Clean Energy

Clean Energy is a developing field and requires land, natural resources for its development. Vinod Khosla of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers fame has investment substantially in agricultural lands for development of Ethanol for clean energy. Africa can be the alternative destination for development of this energy.

BPO & IT Back Office

Africa could also start becoming the offshore destination for BPO and IT Services. It is 25 years late but by providing a low-cost alternative to Asia, it can start of its journey in becoming the top Offshoring destination of the World.

Reference:
Infosys
TCS

Saying all this, this is only the easiest way Africa can become developed and lift the poor out of poverty. If it has to go somewhere, it will have to start innovating like other developed countries. Without innovation it is on a long ride (may be centuries) to get rid of poverty, illness and disease. Some of the problems which the West got rid off long back.

Besides all these, Africa can always export of Music and Sports across the World. It does boast of some of the best talent in this arena.

Reference
My earlier blogs on Africa

Caution: This might be theory

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12 Responses to “Talent in Africa”

  1. Deepak Says:

    Unesco: Conflict robs 28 million children of education
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12606912

  2. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Replanting Africa the Bill Gates way
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13594085

    🙂
    Deepak

  3. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Africa ‘can feed itself in a generation’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11890702

    🙂
    Deepak

  4. Deepak Says:

    Hey
    The case for science in Africa (The Wonder Years)
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21129-the-case-for-science-in-africa.html
    Deepak

  5. Deepak Says:

    Hey
    There are rich in Africa too…Very Rich
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/11/08/who-were-africas-richest-dictators/
    🙂
    Deepak

  6. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Zambian farmers learn to write their Shanjo language
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15562729

    Deepak

  7. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Egypt needs a second revolution
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/22/opinion/shahin-egypt/index.html?hpt=hp_bn9

    Deepak

  8. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Doctor brain drain costs Africa $2 billion
    http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/article.aspx?id=50431

    Deepak

  9. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Africa’s Hottest Tech Startups: Bandeka.com
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/11/23/africas-hottest-tech-startups-bandeka-com/

    Deepak

  10. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    IBM opens new centre in Ghana
    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=224372

    Deepak

  11. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Africa is hungry and it needs a hell lot of biology made food…Great opportunity for our engineers!
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204770404577080264187783818.html?mod=WSJINDIA_hpp_LEFTTopWhatNews

    Deepak

  12. Deepak Says:

    Hey

    Women set the pace in Africa
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/10/world/europe/norway-nobel-peace-prize/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    Deepak

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