On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took the floor to recall that ” Africa is an essential part of world trade and a major investment destination. Africa includes some of the fastest growing economies in the world. And Africa has more – much more – to offer. On the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, a conference on investments in Africa is being held, and the organizers of the Invest Africa Forum believe that strengthening Africa’s partnerships with the rest of the world should be a priority for world leaders.
An ambition shared by Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA. Invited to debate on sport in Africa alongside Dikembe Mutombo, the player Chiney Ogwumike, of Nigerian origin, Pascal Siakam or the former US footballer Osi Umenyiora and Patrice Motsepe, the president of CAF, he highlighted the potential of African athletes, recalling that in 2021/22, there were 10% of African players or players of African origin in the NBA.
“Africa must stop being a permanent exporting continent”
” We will discover, train and develop more and more NBA players and WNBA players so that they can evolve at the highest level. » warns Adam Silverwhose investments are numerous in Africa with the creation of the BAL (Basketball African League) but also the generalization of camps Basketball Without Bordersin partnership with FIBA.
For the NBA boss, you need a real “ return on investment ” on the ” billion dollars invested and discussions focused on the importance of infrastructure to enable African athletes to stay put. Whether in basketball, football or athletics, Africa seeks to avoid the flight of its talents so that its championships gain in quality, and that investments are more numerous.
What Amadou Fall, the president of the BAL, sums up in one sentence: ” Africa must stop being a permanent exporting continent“.