Baptista S H Gebu, a Ghanaian researcher, has strongly made a case for the African continent, arguing: it is about time “Africans tell their own stories in the African way.”
Baptista, the C.E.O of Ghana-based FoReal HR Services Company, made the argument while speaking at the African Women’s Conference on the theme: “The Role of the human resources in supporting African businesswomen to boost intra continental trade post covid-19”, organized virtually by the Cairo-based apex business body, Egyptian African Businessmen Association (EABA).
The Ghanaian-born author of the Future of Work Capsules and EABA Ghana Rep. /Deputy Head for African Women’s Committee, emphasized that the new Africa agenda should be based on an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa agenda, driven by its own citizens.
“Economic growth only comes from increasing the quality and quantity of the factors of production, which consists of four broad types: land, labour, capital, and entrepreneurship,” she said.
“Two main sources of economic growth: growth in the size of the workforce and growth in the productivity (output per hour worked) of that workforce” To increase the overall size of the economy, only strong productivity growth can increase per capita GDP and income”
She continues by urging people: “Work to support transformative African agenda rather than pretend to work and pay – employee/er. Most Africans may be jobless today but not worthless. Treat people with respect.”
“FoReal HR Services telling the African story, the African way calls for the complete Africanization of our body, soul and mind going with made in Africa goods and services – corporate clothing, education materials…”
Baptista urged people to learn success stories from African countries and apply them rather than re-inventing the wheel as well as information and access to problem-solving approaches to African unemployment issues.
She further called for the provision of technical vocational education and training on digitalization and future of work conversations to the womenfolk’s across Africa, telling participants, “act locally but think globally.” (NAN)
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