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Success has many brethren: Dangote to chair World Economic Forum

by Dare Lawal

Africa’s richest man and president of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has been appointed a co-chair of next year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The businessman who is highly revered in Nigeria is gradually gaining worldwide reputation as well.

In a letter addressed to Dangote, the executive chairman, World Economic Forum, Prof. Klaus Schwab, expressed his belief that Dangote’s participation as co-chair would contribute significantly to the substance of the discussions.

Schwab said in the letter, “The discussions aim to stimulate an unparalleled global dialogue among the relevant leaders from the government, business, academia, civil society and the media.

“In these unprecedented times, I feel that as co-chair, you will contribute significantly to the substance and relevance of the exchanges. You are well positioned to take on this role. Co-chair would in principle consist of your presence and participation in activities to be defined with you.”

Themed: ‘The reshaping of the world: Consequences for society, politics and business,’ the global meeting is scheduled to hold between January 22 and 25, 2014.

That’s not the only honour to come Dangote’s way in recent days. He has also been appointed to the steering committee of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative. The forum which was launched on September 26, 2012, connects businesses to make a lasting impact on the lives of children and the youth through education.

It is a five-year initiative sponsored by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.

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