Often I am disturbed when I read the latest unemployment statistics and forecasts for job creation. Global unemployment is currently 200 million people. The international unemployment statistic remains pervasive and systemic, and over the next 10 years the global community will need to create 600 million productive jobs in order to keep pace with the demand for gainful employment. Unleashing African entrepreneurial success..
I grew up in the United Kingdom, Rwanda and Uganda, which afforded me a diverse set of opportunities throughout my youth. I started my first business at the age of 15 and, in as many years, I have grown the Mara Group to employ 7,000 people across 26 countries. I am humbled by my seeming success thus far and often question why my story and entrepreneurial path are not routine for African youth. I believe that all young people should have an opportunity to start and grow profitable businesses. Entrepreneurship was the key that unlocked so many doors for me.
Ashish J. Thakkar, Chair, Global Entrepreneurs Council, United Nations Foundation