Africa on slippery road to the East (1)

NOT TOO LONG ago, the “Agenda 2063” came alive as the deal on “creating one African market” was consummated with the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda.  Although the signing ceremony hasn’t yet given AfCFTA a full status until ratification by 22 countries, it […]

Maputo at 15 and the future of Africa’s food security

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Africa is no stranger to Treaties, pacts, accords, international agreements, conventions and declarations. From treaties on continental issues to agreements on global affairs, Africa has been, and continues, playing remarkable roles. The Lome Convention and Cotonou Agreement, which preceded the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will ever be associated with the places where […]

Rethinking Africa’s economic and social development (4)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

The wave of economic and social transformation sweeping through the world has brought its effects to bear with varying intensities and in many different ways in various parts of the world over the years. Those variations are still observable now and, for obvious reasons, might continue to be seen in the future. While it came […]

Rethinking Africa’s economic and social development (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Africa’s place in the emerging world order should no longer be treated as pre-ordained, economically, socially, politically, or intellectually. Rather, it must be recognised that the continent has a duty to secure its niche through deliberate and relentless struggles in all spheres of life. The copious reference to the Information Technology (IT) industry should serve […]

Rethinking Africa’s economic and social development (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Various positive projections about Africa’s demographic prospects and preponderance in human resources in decades ahead remain, for now, as projections at the very best, and are vulnerable to confounding variables which could upset such projections in ways beyond contemplation in the very near future or thereafter. Some of those variables are already self-evident in their […]

Rethinking Africa’s economic and social development (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Events of the past three decades have had significant social, political and economic impacts on Africa as well as the entire world to varying degrees. For Africa in particular, the varying degrees of impacts and their causes have been subjects of studies, commentaries and criticisms through the subsequent years. The missing links, however, involve those […]

Africa’s dilemma and the right energy pathway (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

The aftermath of breakdown of dams could have significant consequences for Africa, irrespective of where it occurs. Observers have expressed concerns that diverting the flow of the Congo River to create a reservoir would flood the Bundi Valley, affecting local agricultural lands and natural environments, and may cause huge methane emissions that would contribute to […]