By Ann Brown
Like other African entrepreneurs out in force
at the Vivatech trade fair in Paris last week, Boupda acknowledged the
challenges of entrenched poverty, corruption and terrorism that are
holding back many countries.
“Africa is rising, yes, but it’s also 54 countries, so what that really
means is 54 different challenges,” he said after presenting his Diool
payments app to a jury of three venture capital executives.
His enthusiasm was shared by Jack Ma of Chinese e-commerce giant
Alibaba, who said in a keynote speech he was “amazed by the passion of
young people” in Africa.
From The Star.
“They are talking about dreams, about the future, they have no fear,” he said.
A handful of African tech success stories has whetted investors’ appetites, like the M-Pesa mobile money transfer service app or Jumia, the pan-African e-commerce group that listed on the New York stock exchange in April.
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