BUSINESS FRIENDS AFRICA

Welcome to Business Friends Africa

Business Friends Africa was established in 2006 as a private consultancy with the objective of carrying out development research together with its dissemination for invigorating transformative socioeconomic development across Africa and in partnership with “global business friends”. The process of implementing this objective necessitated the identification of the requisite human resources together with their organizational infrastructure already in place and reorienting them to socioeconomic development. The resources mobilizationtook the form of the Personal, Private and Public Partnership. The personal refers to the personal interest which ought to be aligned with the overall objective. The private refers to the interests of the private organization. The public refers to government and her development agencies. The partnership refers to bringing all the preceding three to work together. The Vision of Business Friends Africa is summed up as A BETTER WORLD. The practice of the partnership evolved handling frames which came up as thematic areas explained below geared at realizing the above objective.

QUALITY EDUCATION

The rolling out of our Vision got anchored to the importance of Quality Education as a fundamental driver of the development facets. We got to realize through research that a country is as developed as its human resources. This drove us into constant and continuous engagement with the Ministry of Education and Sports, its agencies and all levels of education institutions for Quality Education. The research and engagement produced the framework of STEAM as the vehicle to see us through the achievement of Quality Education. This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics and Management.

QUALITY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

This thematic area flows from above. The Quality Human Resource which comes out of Quality Education should be able to deliver Quality Products and Services as an output.

QUALITY HEALTH PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

The emphasis on Quality Health Products and Services arise out of the realization of its special category as an important subset worth the distinction. The production of health products must be meticulous and should integrate experiential historical memory of what works well. This is important for the evidence based authentication of medication by historical testimonies of the practical application of its therapeutic benefits by patients. This helps the documentation of evidences for ownership of intellectual property rights (IPRs) by communities and individuals thus fast tracking the invention and innovation of new Quality Health Products and Services at a reduced cost, benchmarking human trials in sequence or by parallel comparison of the animal to human trials leaning on the leverage of the historical memory engendered by language, culture and human experiential useful exploitation of the natural environment.

QUALITY ENVIRONMENT

Quality Environment is driven by the beneficial management of the natural environment for human health and economic welfare where its abuse is due to the lack of the full understanding of its benefits to humans.

LAND ACCESS

Land is important to all human beings and should be governed under prudent laws which respect private and communal property rights. Land grabbing for speculative purposes and exclusion of the citizenry from its economic benefits in the transition from communal to private property should be subjected to peaceful and gainful conflict resolution where value under economic exchange is subjected to the market forces and to the universal law of willing seller and willing buyer. The common properties under the state and the underground resources should not be patronized through information asymmetry to benefit only a few personalities together with their agents without addressing the public good.

CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC INCLUSION

The rolling out of our Vision got anchored to the importance of Quality Education as a fundamental driver of the development facets. We got to realize through research that a country is as developed as its human resources. This drove us into constant and continuous engagement with the Ministry of Education and Sports, its agencies and all levels of education institutions for Quality Education. The research and engagement produced the framework of STEAM as the vehicle to see us through the achievement of Quality Education. This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics and Management.

RESEARCH METHODS HARMONIZATION FOR PRAGMATIC BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC APPLICATION

The harmonization of research methods for business and economic application has one objective; to focus research to affordability, sustainability, usability and accessibility. This means that research methods should be ethical and understandable. The qualitative and quantitative competencies should not stand in the way of common sense cognitive use and application of research to the production of Quality Products and Services. Business and economic organization models should be designed to empower researchers for Quality Products and Services especially through clear documentation leading to reasonable IPRs.

HOLISTIC BUSINESS CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The common feature of politics and business is cutthroat competition, patronage and dominationthrough greed for control of mass production and markets. This is driven by the overwhelming desire for monopolistic profits which drive mergers; swallowing of small capital and its concentration into monopoly capital. This approach is capital intensive in imagination and therefore characteristically exclusive from the onset and a factor in the impoverishment of the majority of the citizenry. The germ is set right from the individual mindset irrespective of social status and manifests itself in all forms of selfishness at all levels of production; household, private and public enterprise. This mindset unconsciously drives information asymmetry where state elites dominate knowledge over public organic and inorganic resources leading to wealth asymmetry.This mindset and its ramification in the character formation cannot be divorced from the education system propagated by a nation. This is why the connotation of Quality Education has meaning if it promotes holistic quality of life amongst the citizenry. The lopsidedness of information delivery, which is characteristically a product of the education system, and the strategic positioning of the beneficiaries of state patronage, drives land grabbing of resources endowed locations and the mapped areas for cities, industry, power, railway, and roads infrastructure development.The conscious understanding of the driving factors behind business interests’ acquisitions and land conflicts can help promote constructive engagement at all levels for inclusive business and economic development including inclusive business and economic development contracts. Business Friends Africa promotes Constructive Engagement of Governments for Business and Economic Inclusion under the conviction that holistic integrated planning can make governments achieve their objective of eliminating poverty for all.Holistic Integrated Planning (HIP) identifiesgaps in natural and human resources, and creates a holistic framework under which ideas, resources, talent and skills are focused to holistic economic development for the national competitive setting of Africa in the global economy, creating holistic linkage of physical and information networks revitalizing white elephants projects.

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