Businesses Call for Human Development to Advance Africa’s Growth
Businesses need to take initiatives to develop effective and influential leaders that impact on the continent’s growth. This was the key message emanating from a conference hosted by the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) on 21 February 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Running under the theme Business Transforming Africa: Skills for Economic Growth, the thought leadership conference underscored the need for critical analysis of management and leadership skills running businesses to become globally competitive and sustainable. Emphasis was on starting the conversation for change to drive resourcefulness.
Speaking at the event, guest of honour and Senior Managing Partner for Databank Agrifund Manager Limited (DAFML) Mr Dennis Matangira said “There is a disconnect between the skills we get from tertiary institutions versus the needs of the market. We have a challenge to develop value based leaders with the characters and intelligence to address the gaps in the workplace. I am glad that organisations like AMSCO are there to support both government and the private sector to empower us”.
Emphasizing on the importance of transformation through human capital development, Ms Pauline Mbayah, Director of Business Development for AMSCO said companies have to move from business as usual to embrace smart partnerships that achieve real impact. “We need to think out of the box to overcome the skills gaps and grow our businesses. Human capital development has to be at the centre of all our interventions.”
Mr Wikus Jansen van Vuuren, Managing Director: HR Advisory for AMSCO was of the opinion that Africa will be the economic powerhouse of the world in the future, the only question is when.
“As we Africans prepare to take up our rightful place as the economic hub of the future, it is essential that our public and private institutions keep up the pace. This growth and development requires us to rethink strategies, governance structures and prepare our organisations as fertile ground for this growth. But most importantly, we need to increase the management and leadership capacity across institutions in order to ensure that this growth becomes sustainable”.
Renowned professionals in the human resources industry: Jackie Ogonji, General Manager Human Resources and Admin for Liquid Telecom; Catherine Wahome, Coach, Trainer and HR Consultant; and Myles Hopkins, Consultant for AMSCO made presentations at the conference amplifying the importance of having the right skills and capacity to be competitive.
Captains of industry engaged in panel discussions to attract the continent’s talent from the diaspora, invest in strategic training initiatives and keep work force analytics that can inform the conducive environment companies build for employees in business.
The meeting was attended by business leaders, government representatives, human resource directors and managers, development finance institutions and AMSCO partners.
African Management Services Company (AMSCO) is a pan-African private sector development Group that provides bespoke human capital solutions. Our core focus is partnership-driven capacity and skills development to assist African SMEs in becoming leaders in their field. AMSCO implements the African Training and Management Services (ATMS) Project of the United Nations Development Programme.