In the realm of international partnerships and investment, my extensive experience has afforded me a unique perspective on the vital role Israel can play in the development of Central and West Africa.
As I reflect upon my recent encounters during a high-profile investors’ forum in Dakar, Senegal, I am convinced that Israeli expertise is in high demand in these regions. The warm reception extended to Israeli delegates was a testament to the growing interest in collaboration. Looking ahead, an exciting opportunity looms on the horizon, with a forthcoming forum scheduled for November in Lomé, Togo, which is expected to draw a significant Israeli presence once again.
The days of merely offering irrigation solutions to tropical nations abundant with water resources are behind us.
Today, the partnership between Israel and Central and West African nations holds the potential for much more. It’s about introducing cutting-edge technologies to empower local businesses and governments alike. Whether it’s in the fields of medical technology, financial technology, service industries, or even broader investments in sectors like transportation, the possibilities are limitless.
One characteristic that resonates deeply with African partners is the Israeli ethos of “tachless” – the straightforward, no-nonsense approach to problem-solving. Unlike past decades, where promises often fell short, Israelis now deliver concrete results. This reputation for efficiency and effectiveness is a valuable asset in building trust and fostering enduring collaborations.
Moreover, the evolving geopolitical landscape and the waning influence of the “FrancAfrique” era have opened new doors for Israeli businesses.
As old paradigms give way to fresh opportunities, Israel’s agile and dynamic approach positions it to forge stronger ties and contribute meaningfully to the region’s development.
Lastly, to infuse a sense of fulfillment into these investments, let us not forget the visionary words of Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, who penned the idea more than a century ago: “After we have nourished the children of Israel, we shall nourish the children of Africa.” This sentiment reminds us of the profound human connection that transcends borders and underscores the potential for Israeli contributions to leave a lasting, positive impact on the lives of people across Central and West Africa.
The stage is set for a deeper, more meaningful collaboration between Israel and the nations of Central and West Africa. With Israel’s innovative spirit, a commitment to tangible results, and a shared vision of prosperity, we have an unprecedented opportunity to foster progress, create lasting partnerships, and fulfill the promise of a brighter future for all. It is incumbent upon us to seize this moment and turn it into a transformative reality.