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  • “If you are doing something that you really love, it is not work.”- Barclay Paul Okari
  • “What keeps you going [as an entrepreneur] is the need to see your idea come to fruition.”- Kwame Abrokwa
  • “African youth - there will not be the expected growth without your dreams. You need to create your job. In the DNA of Africans, the entrepreneurship gene is there.”- Karl Miville de Chene
  • “Let’s do everything to make sure youth are key stakeholders and are included.”- Michaëlle Jean
  • “Europe needs to do more in Africa so that African students can return to help their countries of origin.”- José Manuel Barroso
  • “The country cannot develop without you. Each of you has the opportunity to reach and accomplish your dreams. The continent of Africa is the continent of the future.”- H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba
  • “Africa’s strong economic growth (5 percent) is thanks to its youth, which will be the main source of production and innovation in the coming years.”- Lionel Zinsou
  • “Talent does not exist everywhere. The only difference between countries is access. Without having access, nothing will happen.”- Garry Kasparov
  • “African women have arrived.”- Isabel dos Santos
  • “There’s a preconceived idea on Africa which is totally obsolete. Africa is now the future.”- Laurent Fabius
  • “Ambition is a key factor in transformation. The will to transform a country has to be accompanied by action”- Hafid Elalami
  • “All the research shows that investing in women is a good investment”- Cherie Blair
  • “The 21st century is the century of Africa.”- Vincente Fox
  • “This Forum is a perfect example of Gabon's engagement as a future-thinking country, searching for innovative solutions to the challenges facing Africa in its economic growth.”- Alassane Ouattara
  • “Africa is now open to all investors. Its leaders are willing to preserve the continent’s resources and willing to engage in a win-win partnership.”- Macky Sall
  • “Together, we want to encourage young women to venture into new frontiers, and learn that they can achieve anything.”- Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
  • “Technology is spurring innovation, and the so-called "demographic dividend" has brought change.”- Nouriel Roubini
  • “We Africans must do business with each other.”- President F.W. de Klerk
  • “We need to have a competitive economy and proper legal environment to create enterprise, which in turn creates jobs.”- Jean-Louis Billon
  • “We need peace for security but we also need justice and accountability.”- Fatou Bensouda
  • “Given technology in tough environments, people will do more with that technology than its engineers could have ever imagined.”- Jared Cohen
  • “You look at Africa the biggest impediment is our not being able to work together. It’s very simple.”- Kola Karim
  • “If you get the politics and the policies right, the economics usually follow.”- Lord Mandelson
  • “The G.D.P. of african countries has been rising swiftly, but we must take into account issues like access to water supply, education, healthcare, infrastructure and employment.”- Olusegun Obasanjo

G20 Declaration

June 21, 2011
New York

The New York Forum:

We, leaders of the world business community, met at The New York Forum on June 20-21, 2011, to discuss and establish a program for action for your review. The focus of the 2011 NYF was "Committed to Growth", and we believe economic, corporate, and job growth is essential for the health of our societies.

We propose the following actions be considered by the G20 to promote responsible global growth:

Economic leadership

  1. Promote further economic rebalancing as essential to creating the stable conditions for global growth. Growing consumption in the economies of East Asia needs support, while savings in the advanced economies of Europe and North America needs strengthening over time.
  2. Maintain consistent, stable regulations. In an increasingly uncertain, volatile world, businesses need stability from governments above all.
  3. Create concrete programs to spur entrepreneurship and dynamism in the Arab world in order to seize the global economic opportunities created by the changes sweeping across the Arab world.


  1. Establish tax policies that reward creation of sustainable, innovative new enterprises.
  2. Dismantle regulations and policies that protect incumbent companies at the expense of new, disruptive companies.
  3. Allow market forces to act, to enable stronger, more competitive companies and appropriate, not excessive risk-taking. At the same time, ensure that there are retraining and support programs for displaced workers.
  4. Remove trade and cultural barriers to innovation from emerging markets. The world needs the free flow of ideas.

Human capital

  1. Enact immigration policies encouraging diversity and free flow of human capital.
  2. Explicitly upgrade the broader pool of human capital through comprehensive global and national skills audits to understand and uncover hidden pockets of talent. Diversity in organizations is a strength, and increasingly it is a requirement for effectiveness.
  3. Urge emerging-market governments to expand their investment in education, particularly for women.
  4. Recognize that the education that will prepare our societies for the remainder of the century requires science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), but also a strong grounding in the arts and humanities. The same technology tools are available everywhere; it is culture and creativity that will distinguish their use.

We are convinced that these actions will play a key role in restoring economic growth and dynamism, spur job creation, and create a far more favorable environment for innovation and sustainable development. We will review progress on these proposals before next year's G20 meeting in Mexico.


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