Some participants of the Afrozons Dubai Soundoff event , have admonished African leaders to make their countries appealing to the rest of the world, assuring that they would attract investors if they do so.
Some of the participants from various countries around the world who were thrilled with memorable experience ,said, it was obvious that most African leaders have visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and saw that good infrastructure are key for development.
They therefore, urged the leaders to emulate the UAE government and begin to transform their rich natural resources to useful ventures.
Speaking with The Guardian in an interview after the Afrobeat party in the desert, tagged, the “AfroZonsDXB Desert Party, an economist from Uganda, Dr. Mrs, Theofulous Sekito, said, ” the Afrozons is a good initiative, Dubai is a very peaceful place in the world. I have travelled to other parts of the country but this is where i come, i can board any taxi, sleep in any hotel and walk on any street and remain safe”.
“I know most of our African leaders have been here, so they know that good infrastructure is keys for development, so i urge African to prioritise these things for the purposes of development”
“You cannot start from the head, you need to start from the root, so in this case, the root is the infrastructure, the peace is the trust and security is the guarantee “
She explained that development is not just fixing the roads, stating that it is broader.
According to the economist, ” the first thing is to make African a lovely continent. When you love your country, you protect it, you won’t do things like theft, insecurity that can chase away investors and visitors”
Reeling out her desert experience where the UAE government is raking good funds from tourism, she said, it is disturbing that some African countries are endowed with lots of natural resources but do not know how to make money while in UAE, the desert is converted to money ventures.
Also, A Nigerian Taiwo Ola, described the location for the AfroZons as very perfect saying it is more central.
“He said, ” I have met alot people from different African countries but this is the time for Africans to be together beacuse we have seen that other people have positioned us in a certain corner and we have to do things differently now to proof so many people wrong”
He described his experience in AfroZons Dubai Soundoff event as inspiring, stating that it has broadened his thinking and enterprenuerial skills.