Economic diplomacy for prosperity through intra-African trade

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

NOW THAT THE African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a reality, countries within the continent need to get to work in dead earnest on how to turn this reality to opportunities. For all the pomp, ceremonies, good wishes, promises, expectations and hopeful outlooks, much work remains to be done. For a continent fractured along […]

Outbursts of people’s power in Africa

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

PEOPLE’S POWER is increasingly gaining pre-eminence in Africa, judging from recent events. Whether it is called Africa’s resurgence or African version of the Arab Spring, the past couple of months have been remarkable in Africa, a continent with the largest number of the world’s remaining dictatorial, high-handed and visionless national leaders. The new wave of […]

Africa’s place in the world’s future green economy

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

EQUATIONS, permutations, extrapolations and scenarios about environmental stewardship in the context of energy and dependent technologies will remain incomplete and will miss out vital assumptions as long as African perspectives are not given elaborate consideration. The global quest for renewable energy and emission reduction arising from technological innovations would need to open a special chapter […]

AFRICA in the crossfire of US-China trade spat (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

IMPRESSIONS ABOUT aid dependence have to be erased when discussing about the Africa of the future. What defined the continent’s past does not necessarily have to define its future. Africa has benefited much from freebies, hand-outs and aid packages which haven’t translated to anything substantial in terms of development. Some debts have also been written […]

AFRICA in the crossfire of US-China trade spat (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

AS THE WORLD becomes ever more interconnected in so many different ways, the consequences have started to emerge, more especially in strange ways. Socially, economically, politically and intellectually, the complexities are evolving – some in ways that task the brightest of minds, or exert pressure on material resources, or yet place precious human lives in […]

AFRICA in the crossfire of US-China trade spat (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

As the squabbles between the United States and China on reciprocal trade come near a crescendo, and certain decisions signal the proximity to a possible tipping point, the wider implications of these crises should not be regarded as distant. The ripple effects could be far-reaching. Countries far and near – not least the countries of […]

Africa’s free trade and global value chain

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

THE WORLD’S LARGEST free trade area is now in Africa. This, presumably, is based on the fulfilment of African Union’s time table stipulating, under Article 23 of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, that the AfCFTA Agreement would become operational after 30 days of securing a minimum threshold of 22 ratifications. That happened […]

Long shadows of Europe and Africa’s economic development

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Efforts to join back together what was put asunder 135 years ago in the widely acclaimed Berlin Conference have recently got a boost. As part of the culmination in attempts at re-integrating a hitherto disintegrated continent, Africa has recorded a landmark. A little more than a year ago, African leaders held an Extraordinary Summit (or, […]

Land, food and energy security: What future for Africa? (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

THAT Africa is rich in mineral resources is a settled matter. What is not settled is how the continent can tap into these resources in the future for a robust economic transformation, clean environment and public health. Against the backdrop of the rising population and the need to meet the energy need of the continent, […]

Land, food and energy security: What future for Africa?

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

AGLOBAL CONSENSUS about the strategic importance of Africa to the future of the world seems to be crystalising. From “The hopeless continent” in the infamous verdict of The Economist magazine in May 2000, to “Africa Rising,” a landmark narrative championed a decade after by McKinsey, a consulting firm, Africa has seen the bad and the […]