Imagination is one of the strongest assets in the development and survival of the human race.
I don’t think it’s to much to say, imagination has also been one of the most important assets of the whole Western worlds development, into the modern society we know it as today.
But why hasn’t it worked for huge areas and continents as Africa?
Well, – reality becomes a little nasty when looking at the continent Africa.
Being the one person or society, having access to money, knowledge, weapons, food, a health care system and providing people security, – doesn’t always comes with a person or society, that wants you, – as a less progressive person or society or continent – to profit from your talent, your imagination, your country’s natural resources. You might experience the just opposite, – that some people and countries see their opportunity to exploit you and your countries weak position – in a very profitable way – only for their own interest.
Unfortunately, the history of the African continent, – is such an example of exploitation from Western countries, but unfortunately also helped by local tribal leaders – even going up to political leaders for a whole country.
Reality and also facts, can be nasty, – but modern internet based technology has been providing our world with access to knowledge, education, money and logistic opportunities, international business development and access to international resources at a local level, – in many aspects, to an extent, no one would had expected possible for 10-15 years ago.
Thinking of a virtual reality, is more common today, but what about thinking in the terms of “virtual countries” with just as much power as China and USA together.
Well let us just try to use our imagination together. Having Facebook, having Google, having Amazon, having YouTube, having Walts Disney Entertainment and having just one American international bank, who is taking care of all the just mentioned american businesses … wouldn’t that combination in many aspects candidate to the title – A “one billion people virtual country”, with a huge impact at the world and its people – in the whole world.
That’s how impact investment looks like, – less than 15 years after several of the just above mentioned american business were started.
But, – is it possible to make that kind of an “one investment”, that initiates education, provides access to health services, increased personal security, economical development and poverty reduction. All mentioned, at a sustainable improving basis – …like it’s was a DNA replicating its basic needs for survival and development in all of its offspring.
Well,- … the countries in Africa, are for the next 15-20 years – the countries, where it is possible to make investments that can have an impact – at so many aspects of life for the better, for many people. While saying the just mentioned, it is worth also having in ones mind, – giving the people in Africa more income and education, opens up for a whole new marked for export, for the rest of the world.
Some Western governments, some African governments, some international working companies, and some international development orientated people, – they have had the imagination to see the opportunities of progress – … being in several African countries right now, – and for the next 15-20 years ahead.
Bambwa Group AB (Bambwa) is a venture capital company that invests in African and Nordic growth companies, seeking to expand their operations across Africa and globally.
Their mission is to improve people’s quality of life by investing in companies with high return and growth potential.
Improving quality of life is their mission and they are endeavouring to work with change makers and positive thinkers who strive to repaint the future.
Bambwa group works with government officials at the highest level – and even Kings – when needed, for succeeding with their projects and mission.
Bambwa group is not an ordinary venture capital company, – with one main focus, namely optimizing investment at the shortest time as possible. It is just as much a responsible international development company, as normally found in the United Nation organisation.
The company Sociability, is a company that helps organizations transform their policies and strategies into business models that can respond to the future and the changing world.
For more than 10 years, they have been developing healthy value chains, nurturing public–private partnerships and future-proofing businesses in an increasing complexity of sustainability standards and expectations.
They have worked with a range of companies and organisations from both – the public and private sectors – such the UNDP, Danida, the Asian Development Bank, Grundfos, Nordzucker and Coop. Enabling them to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Their experince, combined with their business relations and network of experts around the globe, allows them to translate the SDGs into value creating opportunities – for the people benefiting of their activities.
Sociability and Bambwa Group are therefore an obviously good match, when joining their experiences and strengths as individual companies, working with impact investment projects together in Africa.
Bambwa Group is headed by Michael Mathiesen & Sociabilty is headed by Elizabeth Boye.
In the creation of an idea to build commercial malls in semi-rural Africa with a transaction-driven approach, Michael became acquainted with Elizabeth strengths and experinces. Elizabeth had luckely been looking for the opportunity to employ responsible business and Public-Private Partnerships professionalism to develop non-urban Africa, through the drivers of a change approach, and in this bringing together partnerships, education and infrastructure.
With Michael’s experience in business development, financing and business at scale, as well as great working experience with the African context and seeing the opportunities in the growth of non-urban Africa, and Elizabeth’s experience in multi-stakeholder management and establishing economic incentive based collaborative processes, between the public and private sectors, – as well as a passion for development in Africa, this has made them – the ideal match for the creation of the concept and now company – Global River Center.
Together this constellation brings high level of experience and professionalism in the African context and establishes a social economical corporation to reduce urbanisation and enhance democratisation and initiate inclusive economic growth in non-urban Africa.
What is a Global River Center, – and why are Kings and Government Officials so keen to have them making local Global River Centers?
CEO Elizabeth Boye for Global River Center Inc., has just signed a letter of intent with the Paramount Chief of Bompata in Ghana – who gives Global River Center Inc. the right to more than 26.000 square meters of land. Land there will be used to build the first Global River Center in Africa, – … and 200 Global River Centers are already planned to be developed in Africa.
Providing people with access to education, financing, educational development, national and international trading – as well as access to health services … as mentioned above, some of the key initiating elements or said as – DNA for sustainable improvement of a country and its people well being. That’s what a Global River Center is doing at a local level, as well as at international level.
Government official and Kings, – … they do easily see the value of a Global River Center.
Elizabeth Boye is renowned for initiating Responsible Business and Cross-Sector Partnerships for Growth professionals. She has more than 26 years of experience working in various Southern, Western and Eastern African as well as South Eastern Asian countries for an impressive range of governments, international corporations and development institutions.
The CEO of Bambwa Group – Michael Mathiesen, holds more than 30 years of international business experience, with focus on Information Technology, Telecom and eCommerce. He has been hands-on involved in more than 325 international investments in Europe, US, Canada, Russia, UAE, Taiwan, China and West Africa. And 2 of them becoming Unicorns.
Elizabeth Boye and Michael Mathiesen are now working together, promoting and developing more than 200 Global River Centers in Africa.
I had an interview with The Global River Centers – CEO Elizabeth Boye – just after she had signed the letter of intent with the Paramount Chief of Bompata in Ghana. An interview that gives you a profound understanding of why Elizabeth Boye has the ability, to open doors, that many people don’t think of – as existing or dare to use.
Enjoy the interview with the Global River Centers – CEO Elizabeth Boye – where she tells about The Global River Center and why they will succeed as planned, – while she also is telling about her own personal life and the experiences, that paved her road to imagine – … a Global River Center is what is needed to ensure sustainable development – seen in several development perspectives.
As the interviewer, without being to biased, what I discovered, when talking with and interviewing Elizabeth Boye, was a well trained intellect, combined with experience, integrity and passion for peoples well being, and that has never been a bad beginning – if you wants peoples interest and support for your projects.
Marcus Vigilius Brendstrup
CEO for MVmdcc.com
NB. If you want to connect with the company – Global River Center – then use this link – to the Global River Centers main webside