12 Things You Should Know About Arms Maker Ivor Ichikowitz

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Written by Dana Sanchez
Ivor Ichikowitz
Ivor Ichikowitz, founder of Paramount Group. Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Getty Images

He’s a pan-Africanist

Pan-Africanism is an ideology that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift” people of African descent.

Ichikowitz is a pan-Africanist. In a 2012 guest column in BusinesDayLive, he called on Africans to share technology and collaborate to build strong regional industries that bolster intra-African trade. He said Africa needed its own BRICS — the acronym for the group of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“In the past I have called for the creation of a pan-African BRICS as a way of achieving greater collaboration and working towards our collective economic interests,” he wrote in a guest column.

Source: BusinessDayLive