Interview with Jonathan Berman edited by African Geopolitics— Is there the same enthusiasm in the United States for the rise of Africa as in Europe or China? Jonathan Berman — I believe that Europe, and notably France has a warmer, longer and deeper history with Africa than the United States. The fact that Africa is seen as an opportunity is a very new concept in New York or Los Angeles. The awareness about growth rates in Africa has grown but it is more widespread in Europe and France even if the number of new businessmen who are discovering...
Africa is experiencing the longest continued growth spurt for the past decade, Africa has experienced the longest continuous growth spurt since the Second World War and independence from colonialism. The African boom has been fueled mostly by a commodity boom, with income generated by the export of natural resources ﬁnancing a local consumer boom on the continent.
Interview with Dambisa Moyo edited by African Geopolitics —What do you think of the Afro-optimistic trends on the new rise of Africa? Do we have the same perceptions in London and in Paris? Dambisa Moyo — Paris is ﬁve to seven years late. What bothers the economists today is which countries are doing better in Africa. This conversation is much more sophisticated than a simple global vision of an African rise.
Why speak of Africa’s emergence today? Why reopen a discussion which seemed deﬁnitively closed three decades ago, i.e. since the liberal precepts known as the Washington Consensus had become established and had rejected as obsolete and illegitimate all previous experiences and strategies?
Interview with Pierre Franklin Tavares in Praia – This is the ﬁrst time a woman is standing for the presidency of the AfDB. What motivated you to stand for election?
Africa’s peoples are being driven along the road to economic emergence by South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt, the ﬁve States known as the “Lions of Africa”. Fully integrated into globalisation, they are demonstrating economic performances close to those achieved in their early years by the four “Asian dragons” (South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong). For them, the issue is simple: either to become new industrialised countries (NIC) or to fall back into the poverty trap.
Interview with African Geopolitics – Your group, with 100% African capital, is rapidly expanding. Mossadeck Bally – In May 2015, we shall open a hotel in Nouakchott that is currently undergoing renovation; its capacity will also be increased. By September or October we are planning to open in Abidjan-Marcory. In 2017, we hope to do the same in Niamey and Dakar and in 2018, in Conakry.
The conclusions of a study conducted in 34 African countries and published by Afrobarometer in April 2014 were clear: 7 out of 10 Africans (71%) preferred democracy to any other political system •1. However, it showed that there was a signiﬁcant gap between the popular demand for democracy and its effective implementation, which is the preserve of the governing elite: fewer than half of all citizens (43%) considered their country to be a democracy and also declared themselves satisﬁed with the way it functioned. The results differed widely from country to country, whether it was a...
The idea that Africa will be the continent of the 21st century is shared by many actors and experts •1. But there is less agreement on the question of how this emergence is to be ﬁnanced. It is even still categorised as “a basic challenge to be met: Until now, the plans and programmes developed for and by the continent have encountered ﬁnancing problems •2. But as we know, money is the key to success…
For some ten years now Africa, formerly colonised by the European countries, has been experiencing growth ﬁve times greater than that of the Eurozone. During the last decade, six of the ten most dynamic countries in the world were situated south of the Sahara. Furthermore, the economy which recorded the strongest growth in the world in 2011 was in West Africa: Ghana posted record growth of 14.4%, compared with 8% in 2010 •1.