By DS Idris
Africa, the second-largest continent, is a land of mesmerizing beauty, rich resources, and immense business potential. From its breathtaking natural landscapes to its vast land mass, Africa presents a wealth of opportunities for economic growth and development. Africa boasts a diverse range of awe-inspiring natural landscapes. From the iconic Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the continent is home to remarkable landmarks that showcase its unparalleled natural beauty. The diverse ecosystems, including the expansive deserts, lush rainforests, majestic savannahs, towering mountains, and pristine beaches support a remarkable array of wildlife, making Africa a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists. With an area covering approximately 30.37 million square kilometers, Africa is endowed with abundant natural resources. The continent possesses vast reserves of minerals, including gold, diamonds, copper, uranium, and crude oil. Additionally, Africa is blessed with fertile land suitable for agriculture, offering tremendous potential for food production and agribusiness that can feed the entire world if fully utilized.
Despite being considered the least developed continent, Africa presents immense business opportunities. Its burgeoning population, expanding middle class, and rapid urbanization drive consumer demand across various sectors, such as infrastructure development, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare, and education. Moreover, Africa’s untapped resources create prospects for investment in mining, agriculture, renewable energy, and technology. Thus, as the Managing Director of At-Tahir Investment and Properties Limited, I have explored India and gained vast experience in various sectors ranging from education, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, and pharma industries as well as the power sector. Recently, we purchased 2 complete sets of refurbished 3megawatt back-pressure steam turbines and shipped them to Nigeria in order to increase power supply. We have experience in exporting fully automatic pouch/bottled water plants, exported tractors with their implements (like plowers, harrowers, fertilizer spreaders, sprayers, mowers, transplanters, cultivators, rakes, seeders, wagons or trailers, etc), combined harvesters, rice mills, pharmaceutical drugs, medical equipment (like CT, MRI, X-ray, patient beds, ICU beds…etc.) and other heavy-duty machinery/equipment like asphalt plant and edible oil expelling plants. India has long-standing historical, cultural, and trade ties with Africa, and the relationship between India and Africa has evolved significantly over the years.
such, At-Tahir Investment and Properties Limited is equipped with the necessary networks, partnerships, and experience to acquire, procure, and deliver a range of developmental projects across different African countries. We are ever ready to partner or collaborate with our fellow Africans and join forces in order to develop the African continent. Thanks to ‘The African Continental Free Trade Area – AfCFTA’ comprising 54 African countries and the Agenda 2063, Africa has emerged as the biggest and the world’s largest free trade area by the number of participating countries, creating a united market of over 1.3 billion people with a combined GDP of approximately $3.4 trillion. We aim to take advantage of this AfCFTA to create employment opportunities among Africans, promote sustainable development and boost intra-African trade. Africa is the future! Africa is the deciding factor on the global stage! Africa has a very bright future ahead and we the youth have to be at the forefront of developing our dear continent!
By DS Idris