Tony Elumelu, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, has been named a co-chairperson of the Business 20 (B20) India Action Council on African economic integration.
The B20 is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community.
Established in 2010, B20 is among the most prominent engagement groups in G20, with companies and business organisations as participants.
The B20 leads the process of galvanising global business leaders for their views on issues of global economic and trade governance and speaks in a single voice for the entire G20 business community.
According to a statement on the B20 India website, the African economies have embarked on an ambitious journey of continent-wise economic integration.
“The B20 must come together to offer extensive support to make this process a success and work towards African economic development,” the statement reads.
“This agenda will provide a wide range of meaningful benefits to all nations on the African continent and beyond.
“By aiding business participation in Africa, international cooperation in this area will foster an enabling environment for its overall inclusive growth.”
The action council is chaired by Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder of Bharti Enterprises, India.
Co-chairpersons include Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of SoleRebels, Ethiopia; Patricia Nzolantima, founder of Bizzoly Holding, from the Democratic Republic of Congo; Cameroon’s Rebecca Enonchong; CEO, AppsTech and chairperson, Afrilabs; among others.