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 […]

Worrisome echoes from Africa’s Cyclones Idai, Kenneth

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Within a space of six weeks, two powerful tropical storms have hit the south eastern coast of Africa. The first took days to pummel Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, with Mozambique bearing the greatest brunt in form of deluge, devastation and deaths. But before the hardest hit Mozambique could pick up its pieces and readjust to […]

Pitfalls Africa must avoid in global trade

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

TRADE HAS BEEN variously described as a tool for economic development. But this does not happen in a vacuum. From the standpoint of international trade, a lot is involved. With international trade come diplomatic, economic and political issues. The embassies of trade-focused countries show their seriousness about trade through their activities, priorities and programmes in […]

Recalibrating Africa’s external trade relations

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

FOR SO LONG, AFRICA has been at a disadvantage, holding the short end of the global trade stick. Trade surpluses have been more in favour of exporters to Africa while the continent struggled to justify its relevance by intensifying its own contribution through the extractive industries aimed mainly at export. The outputs of the extractive […]

How Africa may benefit from Brexit

EVENTS IN THE PAST couple of weeks point in a clear direction of a Britain that eventually ceases to be a member of the European Union (EU). Much disagreement, horse trading, voting, resignations and criticisms have trailed the idea of whether or not Britain should still go ahead and exit the EU. But, while the […]

Africa in search of development models (2)

ONE MAJOR HURDLE Africa must overcome in its quest for wealth and prosperity is the challenge posed by health or the lack of it. To create wealth sustainably, Africa needs operating environments that are conducive to innovation, expanded markets, rise in purchasing power and disposable incomes as well as less of shackles of poverty and […]

Cyclone Idai, humanitarian emergency and Africa’s resilience

Over the past two weeks, a tropical storm, codenamed Cyclone Idai, tore through the south-eastern coast of Africa, leaving death, devastation, destruction, mystery and anxiety in its trail across three contiguous countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. A strong storm, in the form of an intense tropical cyclone, Idai has been regarded as one of […]

Africa in search of development models (1)

THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA remains significant on the world stage and for a number of reasons. In size, Africa is larger than China, USA, India, Mexico and a big part of Europe combined. It is home to 54 different countries of a variety of sizes, climates, ethnic nationalities, official languages and disparate systems of government. […]