My World: June 2021…
This is part of a series of articles where our contributors describe how they think things will look a year from now.
Thank goodness the world is getting on with funding & rebuilding fit for purpose global agencies to address global issues. How different things might have been with Covid-19 if it had been met immediately with a massive international response from a unified WHO.
My business travel to Africa still hasn’t resumed. My last trip was just before the lockdown, to Zimbabwe in March 2020.That’s now 15 months without kicking the tires of any of our portfolio companies on the ground. Sure, we do Zoom & Skype etc. but nothing compares to face to face meetings & touching the assets of our investments and to having beers with our friends in bars in Lagos, Nairobi, Harare, Cairo.
It’s not that we’re not allowed to fly to these places now, it’s that I still haven’t got my immunity certificate to travel because the vaccination program is still in it’s experimental stage & only available to key workers. Frankly, also, I’m not a wimp but I don’t trust any of the data & I’m still wary that the virus may be more prevalent than governments are telling us.
Our main office is now in Harare. The weather’s good. It’s safe & it’s a decent hub for our work. My business partner had already relocated there before the March 2020 lockdown, lucky him. I will be spending more time there once I’ve had the jab & can travel.