There is nothing like Africa, we only have 54 countries-Peter Akwaboah MD Morgan Stanley
London, October 26, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Ghana born Peter Akwaboah, is the Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and the Chief Operating Officer for Global Operations.
Prior to this position, Peter joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was for many years the Chief Operations Officer for the Corporate and Institutional Banking business in APAC based in Singapore, including running Operations, Technology and Corporate Services for the region.
He has held a number of roles at RBS including APAC Head of Operations, Global Head of Treasury Operations and Head of Debt Markets Change Management. Previously he worked at Deutsche Bank in a number of Technology roles.
Peter has both a Masters in Engineering, and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK.
In an exclusive interview with Idris Adesina of Alternativeafrica.com at the sideline of UK-Ghana Investment Forum in London, Peter says it’s a misconception to look at African continent as a unit, rather efforts should be focused on individual countries
To him, it is at the level of individual countries that things can get done. “It is at that level we can talk about good governance, the essential requirement for sustainable development. It is at that level we can talk of minimising corruption, attract investment-but we can’t say Africa because Africa is 54 countries. We need to move away from Africa, we need to look at country by country because there is nothing like Africa it is fundamentally 54 countries all having different challenges moving forward and as soon as you begin to address it country by country, we can move the debate forward”
Peter also addressed many other issues such as the need to invest in human capital as well as well as ensure continuity of programmes even if government changes.