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    Olam supports Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Business Federation in launch of Centre for African Studies


    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Business Federation (SBF) have jointly established the Centre for African Studies, which will serve as a source of information and insights for those eager to realise the continent’s business potential. The centre will be an invaluable asset for executives, entrepreneurs and policymakers, and serves as a meeting point for the worlds of academia, business and government.

    The Centre was launched on Wednesday morning at the Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF), where Memoranda of Understanding were signed with Lagos Business School and Strathmore Business School, Kenya, agreeing to student exchange programmes and partnerships in research and executive training. There will also be an online portal, African Business Insights, where the Centre will publish their research and opinion pieces from contributing partners.

    Five of Singapore’s leading investors in Africa have committed their support to the Centre; along with Olam, the other founding donors are Wilmar International, Indorama Group, Pacific International Lines and the Tolaram Group.

    Olam’s Mr Venkataramani Srivathsan, Managing Director, Africa and Middle East, who was speaking on a panel at ASBF said, “The establishment of South East Asia’s first Centre for African Studies could not be more prescient given the strengthening ties and expanding business opportunities Singapore-based companies share with African nations. This year marks 25 years in Africa for Olam and the Centre provides a tremendous platform for all involved to share collective experience and learn from each other.”

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