It ’s been one very exciting month at TABJ. The World Cup has had the world glued to television screens everywhere, the G20 and G8 Leaders Summits took place at the end of June, and TABJ had the opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious events during the thick of it all: the G20 affiliate event Partnering with Africa’s Dynamic Markets.

To be frank, we had no idea just how big this event was going to be—but from the moment South African President Jacob Zuma walked in the doors of the conference center in Toronto, Canada, to when he concluded his speech by saying, in so many words, that Africa is open for business, we knew we were watching history in the making. Zuma’s presence illustrated the importance of the G20’s attention on Africa—as Zuma took critical time away from the action, attending the event despite World Cup activities going on back home.

And we appreciated it. This month’s magazine showcases Africa’s pride, with profiles of successful African companies from a variety of industries, and a profile on one of the continent’s most successful entrepreneurs. Indeed, Africa’s markets are “open for trade and investments” (President Jacob Zuma, June 23rd, 2010).

Sara Kopamees
sarak@georgemedia.ca