By Hasnaine Yavarhoussen, CEO of Groupe Filatex, Madagascar
Africa historically has been an easy target for negative generalizations in the media. Until the early 2000s, stories of conflict, war, poverty, corruption, aid and unemployment dominated the headlines. But today’s Africa is not so one-dimensional, nor is it doomed.
With a landmass three times the size of Europe, Africa is in fact a thriving and diverse continent, home to a boundless variety of cultures, customs and communities, as well as wildlife, environments and natural resources. Moreover, the number of innovative, indigenous companies is on the rise, supported by talented young Africans and a growing pool of middle-class consumers.