AFRICA’S NEW MOMENTUM

Lopes Henri
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AFRICA’S NEW MOMENTUM

n°54 First Quarter 2015

If it is true that black Africa got off to a bad start, as claimed some fifty years ago by the economist René Dumont, it has certainly made up for it since. This is confirmed by all the...

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Ikama Jean-Jacques
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OIL AND THE MARGINALISATION OF THE BANKING SYSTEM: A CONGOLESE PARADOX

To develop a project, businesses need to mobilise capital, especially from the banks. In the hydrocarbons sector, companies generally finance the exploration phase. Then, when the inherently uncertain prospecting phase leads to one or more discoveries with the potential for exploitation, the oil companies draw up development plans and profitability studies to make them eligible for bank financing. To what degree do the Congolese banks contribute to the mobilisation of the capital invested in the oil and gas sector in the Republic of  Congo?

BERG Eugène
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THE ROAD FROM CAPE TO CAIRO, FROM DREAM TO REALITY

The idea of establishing a North-South transport corridor in Africa dates back to the end of the 19th century when the legendary concept of the link from Cape to Cairo was launched by the famous Empire builder and entrepreneur Cecil John Rhodes, one of the very few people to have given his name to a country, Rhodesia. It was an era of imperial ideas, sweeping vision and great projects which were part of the saga, now definitively in the past, of the “White man’s burden”. The project did not come to fruition in Rhodes’s lifetime and it was only long after his death that...

Paris Adama
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“FASHION AS A DIPLOMATIC WEAPON”

Interview with  Sabine Cessou — What is your opinion on the fashionable talk in Europe about Africa’s “new development” or its “great awakening”? Adama Paris — It is good news because such talk will provide assistance and support for the already existing movement among young Africans, who believe in the “African dream” and in the continent’s potential, even if — and let’s not delude ourselves — we  are still seeing exaggerations on both sides, the “Afro-optimists” and “Afro- pessimists...

Mongo-Mboussa  Boniface
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HOUNTONDJI AND MUDIMBE, TWO FOUNDERS OF AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY

Who are the African historians and philosophers who matter today in Francophone Africa? High-profile figures such as the Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne and the historians Achille Mbembe and Mamadou Diouf, respectively from Cameroon and Senegal, owe much to their elders and to two great thinkers in particular: the philosophers Paulin J. Hountondji, aged 73 from Benin and Valentin Y. Mudimbe, aged 74 from the Congo. These two great intellectual figures have produced a mode of critical thinking which remains indispensable. In both cases, their originality lies in using their own...

Zouari Ilyes
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FRANCE MUST BECOME REINVESTED IN THE FRANCOPHONE WORLD

Are France and the  French people conscious of  the  global aspect of their language and the extent of the Francophone space? In these early years of the 21st century, it seems that the answer is no, to the great astonishment of Francophones outside France, whether they are from Québéc, Morocco, the Congo, Madagascar or New Caledonia. The resulting negative consequences include the loss of major economic opportunities and the devaluation of the French  language.

 Konaré Dougoukolo
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RECONSTRUCTING THE OTHER IN MALI

Anew Mali is taking shape, after three years of continuing instability. The fire which has engulfed this great country of the Sahel continues to break down and rebuild its identity. Even today, while international mediators, the Malian government and representatives of the rebel movements assembled in Algiers are making a commitment to the country’s revival, the inherent causes of the “Malian crisis” are barely present in the official statements.