Nairobi has been selected to be the headquarters of the continent’s employers body Business Africa formerly the Pan-African Employers’ Confederation (PEC). This was during the General Council meeting of Business Africa held in Geneva Switzerland which was attended by employer delegates from all African countries. The meeting also elected the Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Jacqueline Mugo as the Secretary General of Business Africa for a three year term. Mrs. Mugo becomes the first woman to hold the post in the history of the continental body. FKE will host the secretariat.
The selection of Nairobi to host the continental body which has an observer status at the African Union (AU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) signifies the fast rising reputation of Kenya’s capital as one of Africa’s leading cities. Nairobi is one of the best connected cities in Africa when it comes to air traffic. Speaking after her election; Mrs. Mugo who takes over from Mr. Azad Jeetun from Mauritius Employers Federation said that it was an important achievement for African employers to have Business Africa headquartered in Nairobi.
‘I see Business Africa leveraging from the global importance Nairobi currently enjoys in order to take its rightful place as a driver of growth and prosperity in the continent.’ She said.
She added that employers hold the key to unlocking Africa’s potential going by the resources they can inject to create jobs and utilize the talent and raw materials that are abundant but under exploited in the continent.
‘We must now take charge of steering Africa out of the dark times because without out input nothing can be achieved. It is our responsibility and in our interest to ensure that Africa prospers. We owe it to our people to ensure that they can enjoy what God has abundantly blessed us with.’ Mrs. Mugo added. The FKE boss said that Africa’s employers have no option but to work with if not push governments to provide an environment for stability and sustainability for enterprise in order to lift the continent from years of underdevelopment.
PEC was established in October 1986 in Cairo and was transformed into Business Africa on October 2011 at a special meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The body provides a forum for consultations among African entrepreneurs as well as raising the social consciousness of African employers about their role in the improvement of society. Business Africa is governed by an Executive Council of 12 members and the Presidency rotates among the English, French and Arabic speaking countries.