Bamako Forum picks Jonas Aklesso Daou as African Entrepreneur of the Year

Economic governance
Sunday, 27 June 2021 13:22
Bamako Forum picks Jonas Aklesso Daou as African Entrepreneur of the Year


Jonas Aklesso Daou, CEO of Zener (formerly Sodigaz), won the African Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Bamako Forum held last month. The forum, a top-level brainstorming gathering focused on Africa’s future, is held once a year and it has been over the past two decades. 

The award recognizes the commitment of the young Togolese entrepreneur, who, with his company, makes an impact in his sector. The SME, which operates in energy, industry, and service, “has become one of the major actors in these key sectors and it has also expanded in Benin and Burkina Faso, with more than 500 employees,” Daou declared.

Zener, Togo’s leading gas trading company, has a terminal in Togo. It exports most of its output. Besides this company, Jonas Daou is also active in the metallurgy industry, car sales, digital counseling, and services. 

Last month, the Togolese businessman raised the capital of one of his other companies, Diwa International, a car dealer, to over CFA1 billion. With that company, he joined the Elite Lounge BRVM program. The latter is the 3rd compartment of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM), dedicated to the SME/SMI of the Uemoa.

Since September 2020, he has been at the top of the Association of Large Enterprises of Togo. 

 Esaïe Edoh

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