Secretary General among 50 most influential African women

The Secretary General of Business Africa has been featured among 50 most influential African women in the world. This was reported by the Pan African weekly JeuneAfrique edition of 12 January 2015. Mrs Mugo was quoted by the journal calling for intensified fight against corruption and fiscal measures that facilitate SMES to come out of their informal state and to grow without being suffocated by governments.She also championed industrialization, value addition and a removal of protectionism, “why should Kenyan tea be exported in raw unpackaged form? We should put an end to this ill-advised protectionist mentality. Countries must, for instance, agree to open their air spaces to African airlines rather than seeking to protect failing national airlines”, said Mrs. Mugo.

The Secretary General joins a group of select African women seeking to influence the course of history in Africa. Among those who made it to the list is former first lady of South Africa and Mozambique Graca Machel, Ngozi Iweala the Nigerian Minister of Finance and business woman Saïda Karim Lamrani. The list contains names of 50 most influential women in Africa, from all sectors; business, politics, arts, culture and fashion among other disciplines.

The Secretary General of Business Africa was on 6th March 2015 honored during a cocktail party hosted by the Federation of Kenya Employers in recognition of her role as the Secretary General of Business Africa. This follows her recent appearance in the list of 50 most influential women in the world published by the Pan African weekly JeuneAfrique.The cocktail was graced by former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique Mrs. Graca Machel.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Mugo paid glowing tribute to all those who have tirelessly worked hard to put Africa back on the path of progress. Stronger and prudent economic policies had brought transformation for the continent.

She also focused on recent upheavals and unrest, particularly in North Africa as a sign that although a lot has been accomplished, enough was not being done to address challenges brought about by a combination of factors; terrorism, a bulging but unemployed young population, immigration and food insecurity.

Mrs. Mugo challenged women not to be left behind. “But I must also challenge the ladies not to leave these challenges to the men. We know we have the passion to get things done and after all there is the famous saying that “if wealth was the inevitable result of hard work then every woman in Africa would be a millionaire”, she said. She thanked JeuneAfrique for the honor in naming her to the list.

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