Gagan Gupta, CEO, ARISE

How free zones are fostering education, sustainability and prosperity in Africa

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ARISE was founded in 2010 with a focus on addressing three critical issues: unemployment, income inequality and environmental sustainability. The company aims to empower individuals through education, by creating sustainable infrastructure and leveraging natural resources like solar energy. ARISE is also dedicated to training women in traditionally male-dominated industries, promoting self- sufficiency and gender diversity. Special economic zones play a crucial role in transforming industries and driving economic growth, as seen in Gabon's wood sector. This holistic ecosystem approach aims to attract investment, foster trade and ultimately build prosperous and environmentally conscious communities in Africa. global platform