• From Africa’s resource curse to Africa’s wealth

    Nobel economist Jan Tinbergen has shown in his work the negative impacts that the exploitation of natural resources can have on the economics of a country, based on the example of the Netherlands with the extraction of natural gas in the 1960s. Since then, the “Dutch disease” theory has evolved to refer to the “resource […]

  • Africa: an emerging destination for investments

    One of the major audit firms recently published its index on the attractiveness of Africa for 2017[1]. The report puts into perspective the economic trend of the continent in a rigorous and detailed way, enabling us to avoid the two pitfalls of Afro-optimism or Afro-pessimism. It should first be noted that 2016 has been the […]

  • Formal sector versus informal sector: towards reconciliation

    More often than not, particularly in Africa, we are used to opposing the formal and informal sectors. Shouldn’t we adopt for once a holistic approach of our economies and try to integrate more and more the informal sectors of our economies by the means of smart and fair policies? Behind this somewhat negative word, the […]

  • Oxford Africa Conference – Regional Integration and the Politics of Development Policy

    That was a great honour for me to participate in the Oxford Africa Conference along with Graca Machel and Donald Kaberuka. Here is the video : http://bit.ly/2rOsWRh 

  • Africa Nutrition Map

    African Heads of State and Government committed to the goals contained in the 2014 Malabo Declaration, which acknowledges that agriculture and food security are key determinants of nutrition that require coordinated and comprehensive responses from other sectors, including health, education, labour, social protection, and coordinated collaboration with multiple stakeholders. While it is a well-known fact […]

  • The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa

    Africa can feed itself with its own resources. Read this great article from my friend Calestous Juma:  http://bit.ly/2q07owp

  • A view from Gambia

    Earlier this month I had the privilege to address a Ministerial Cabinet retreat of The Gambia. Some of you might recall that The Gambia was embroiled in a serious political impass between December 2016 and January 2017, and as you may remember the then president conceded defeat then changed his mind. Such an action if […]

  • Africa poised for greatness — but governments must act fast

    I am sharing an excellent article from Carlos Lopes on how Africa is underestimated : Conventional wisdom tells us that the Chinese are buying up Africa faster than any other investors. It tells us that African banking lags in terms of innovation and reliability and that no African country is at the forefront of global […]

  • African states and climate disruptions

    Every region in the world is affected by climate change but Africa is still the most exposed continent. According to the 2015 climate change vulnerability index, seven of the ten countries that are under the highest threat, are located in Africa. It is an unfair and ironic situation considering that the African continent only plays […]

  • International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda 7 April 2017

    In making strides towards the goal of transforming our continent into “The Africa We Want” – a peaceful, strong and united Africa, reflection on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda reminds us that we cannot take our peace and security for granted. Current and past events in African and around the world, as evidenced by the […]