• Financing Africa’s infrastructure and agricultural development: Inclusive growth for economic transformation

    New York, 17 October 2017 –  The case for financing infrastructure and agricultural development was made at the United Nations headquarters during Africa Week. Chair of the  Africa Group, Mr Mohamed Siad Doualeh, Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the United Nations, made the call to look at ways to mobilse resources, investment, capacities, skills and […]

  • Building public health delivery systems that support Africa’s industrialization

    New York, 17 October 2017 – “It is a fact that Africa is the second most populous continent in the world, with the population projected to grow by 25% by 2050 and 40% by end of the century. Yet the continent has health challenges that need to be addressed in order to support the growing […]

  • Africa Week: Integrated, prosperous, people-centred and peaceful Africa

    New York, 16 October 2017 – “The international world must change the way it looks at Africa. Africa is a place of opportunity,” said Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations during the opening session of Africa Week in New York. Africa Week commenced with a high level event on Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, […]

  • Growth Without Industrialization?

    I share with you a very good article by Dani Rodrik, an economist whom I appreciate very much. This paper also illustrates how reality sometimes goes faster than economists can predict. We must therefore be agile and flexible in our approach to industrialization policies. Low-income African countries can sustain moderate rates of productivity growth into […]

  • Malnutrition is not just hunger, it is also a mortgage on the future of our populations

    There is sometimes pleasing news about the progress of our continent. Recently, for example, a report of the Malabo-Montpellier Panel was published as part of the Forum for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRF), which met in Abidjan. This report, entitled “Food: How can Africa build a future without hunger or malnutrition?”, reported that many African countries […]

  • Human capital: Africa still has a lot of progress to make

    The World Economic Forum recently published a report on an often difficult to measure reality: the economic value of human capital. The report, titled Global Human Capital Report 2017, measures the knowledge and its levels that enable human beings to contribute to the global economy throughout their lives. Each of the 130 countries studied in […]

  • Tourism is a key-sector for inclusive growth in Africa

    One of the consequences of globalization is that “the world has become flat” if I were to appropriate the expression of the American columnist Thomas Friedman. Indeed, the development of transport, in particular air transport, and the consecutive decline in prices, have led, among other things, to a sharp increase in tourist flows. This not […]

  • Protecting wild fauna is a sovereignty challenge

    Africa often makes headlines in the international media for poaching, which I deplore and strongly condemn. By 2015, a Minnesota dentist had provoked an international outcry by shooting down the famous Cecil lion in Zimbabwe during a “big game sport hunt”. But we forget that poaching does not only kill animals, it also kills our […]

  • South Africa, Nigeria: turning growth into wealth for all

    For the past few days, economists and analysts have been cautiously pleased that two economic locomotives in Africa are returning to positive growth rates. Nigeria and South Africa, which have competed for years as the continent’s leading economies, are experiencing a growth rate of 0.55% and 2.5% respectively. These numbers are positive, but is that […]

  • Faced with the galloping demographics, what public policies?

    I am following up with my latest thoughts on the demographic transition that our continent is experiencing. We have posed the problem in its major trends in our last post, but it is also appropriate, I believe, to see how we can deal with this phenomenon. One of the levers on which it is possible […]