Watch: Strive Masiyiwa introducing President Obama

Watch: Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Econet introduces President Barack Obama at the White House Summit on Global Development




One of Zimbabwe’s most successful businessman Dr Strive Masiyiwa last Wednesday introduced President Obama at a White House Summit on Global Development. The summit brought together global experts to talk about the progress that President Obama’s administration have made in various sectors. These sectors include energy, food security, global health, good governance, development partnerships and youth initiatives around the world.

Wednesday was a very special day for me and I’ve been looking forward to sharing it with all of you. I was given the honor by the White House to introduce President Barack Obama to a global audience, and to talk about the efforts during his presidency, to help the poor throughout the world.”

Dr Masiyiwa is one of Africa’s most respected business leaders. He first came to international prominence when he fought a landmark constitutional legal battle in Zimbabwe. The ruling, which led to the removal of the state monopoly in telecommunications, is generally regarded as a milestone in opening Africa’s telecommunications sector to private capital. He is the chairman of Econet wireless, a global telecommunications company operating in 18 countries. Econet subsidiaries include Econet Wireless International, Econet Wireless Africa, Econet Wireless Global, Econet Enterprises and the Liquid Telecom Group.

A leader in campaigns against corruption in Africa, he has served on numerous boards in Zimbabwe and internationally. These include Rockefeller foundation and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.

Speaking before introducing Mr. Obama, Masiyiwa said he first met then Senator Obama in South Africa. He said President Obama “had sought me out because he knew I was part of a small group of African and global leaders who had been assembled by out-going UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. We had to find solutions to address hunger, food security and nutrition in Africa.”




2 Responses to "Watch: Strive Masiyiwa introducing President Obama"

Leave a Reply