Alvaro-Sobrinho-African-Science-TechnologyThe continent of Africa has been receiving investment and drawing in global trade on a monumental scale due to its rapid growth and independence in the fields of technology, science and business. This growth, which is recorded at an annual rate of 6%, has come about by the higher standard of education, and effective leaders who are committed to taking Africa forward to cutting-edge success. One of these is Alvaro Sobrinho, an Angolian philanthropist, investor and hugely respected business leader who is on a mission to ensure that Africa will reach the highest limits. Sobrinho is known for delivering business lectures at the Stock Exchange in London, the General Assembly of the UN, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He acts for Banco Valor Angola, as the Executive Chairman, which has prospered under his watch. Sobrinho's astronomic investments within Africa include: telecommunications, media, construction, food and agriculture. He strives for the scientific independence of Africa through the charity Planet Earth Institute, for which he presides as chairman, is a Fellow of the Gavi Alliance which is organised by Bill Gates, and a member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s World Fellowship. He is also a shareholder in the Portuguese football organisation: Sporting Clube de Portugal. 

Recently in London, the Special Advisor to Ban Ki-Moon, Amina Mohammed, discussed planning for post 2015. She referred to the scientific centres which are not producing optimally, and stated the need for strong investment in the scientific and academic fields within Africa in order to achieve a ground breaking level of excellence. Sobrinho envisions that Africa will achieve scientific independence and have its independent research and development. e-learning has been very helpful in this regard, and productivity is on the increase: scientists have already helped to escalate military might by designing complex state-of-the-art drones. The amount of scientific research done by African scientists is rapidly increasing, and will achieve highly successful long-running results for the region. The Development Community of South Africa pulls in an estimated $11 billion of annual trading, and it is thought that this massive figure may well go up threefold if business policies are made smarter and more consumer friendly. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has backed the construction of a free trade pan-Africa region which would be able to promote more than $2.6 trillion of trade. In 2014, an excess of $200 billion was recorded for the trade carried out between China and Africa, confirming China as the prime business partner overseas. Another boost to the African economy was the announcement by India that it intends to take trading with Africa in 2015 up to more than $100 billion, a substantial increase from the $70 recorded for 2014.

In summary, the African continent has enormous potential in the fields of science and technology, but it has to engage and move forward to break headway and take responsibility for African development and success in these areas. All things considered, the future looks bright.

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http://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/alvaro-sobrinho-intra-african-trade-is-an-untapped-opportunity-on-the-continent/35932/  
http://productiveentrepreneur.com/alvaro-sobrinho-man/  
http://www.alvaro-sobrinho.com/2015/01/20/sti-africa-and-the-planet-earth-institute-in-2015/  
http://www.yoomee-africa.com/about-us/board-of-directors/23-board-of-directors/212-dr-alvaro-sobrinho
http://www.thisisafricaonline.com/News/Time-for-an-African-science-agenda