Published, 22 January 2020 by Business Report

CAPE TOWN – At a high-profile meeting at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Wednesday morning, attended by a number of African presidents, including Botswana, DRC, Senegal and Ghana, the WEF initiative for an Africa Growth Platform (AGP) received a huge boost from a number of companies including Alibaba and Sekunjalo Investment Holdings (Sekunjalo).

The WEF initiative was launched in August 2019 with the goal of helping Africa’s community of start-up enterprises scale and compete in international markets.

Sekunjalo announced at the end of 2019 that it had entered into partnership with China’s Ultrain to build Africa’s largest public Blockchain – The African Chain.

On Wednesday the company pledged to assist the Africa Growth Platform by providing its substantial e-commerce investments to enable African farmers and entrepreneurs to use the platform to be ranked according to fairness of the supply chain.

Sekunjalo’s Chairman Dr Iqbal Survé speaking at the event and afterwards, reaffirmed that Africans needed to own their own platforms and their destiny. He committed to assisting the AGP with software engineers, ICT skills and the brains trust necessary to fulfil the promise of this initiative.

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