• 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 […]

  • The future of investment in Africa

    The Annual AVCA Conference, held between the 3rd and the 7th of April in Abidjan, provided the private equity and venture capital industry with an important platform to discuss the most pertinent investment opportunities and issues in Africa. For the continents’ biggest investors, investment into infrastructure remained a priority. This makes senses as Africa remains […]

  • How African trade and migration are shaping globalization

    Globalization is not simply a process that started in the last two decades or even the last two centuries. It has a history that stretches thousands of years and Africa has been at the heart of international trade for far longer than we imagine. From the trans-Saharan caravans and the triangular trade, from the colonial […]

  • The Inaugural African Economic Platform will strengthen common policies

    A new structure to strengthen the South-South economic and political axis was launched in Mauritius last month. The inaugural African Economic Platform (AEP), an Agenda 2063 programme, was attended by the Chairperson of the African Union, several Prime Ministers and high profile personalities of the continent. The AEP is an initiative driven by Africans to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Ruralisation of the towns and urbanisation of the country: leveraging on the potential of the continuum

    The African model of urbanisation is an idiosyncratic model of development. Africa’s urban population is expected to grow at an annual rate of 3.09 between now and 2030, the highest in the world. At this rate, there will be a billion more people living in African cities by 2063. Urbanization offers opportunities for economic growth, […]

  • Investing in regional solutions to national problems

    Today’s international climate is, in large part, marked by the inward orientation of some of the world’ biggest economies as they raise political and economic walls. As we seek to find African solutions to African problems, on the other hand, we need to think across national boundaries. If we are to solve our most pressing […]

  • NEPAD Annual Report

    The NEPAD Annual Report 2016 is now available here. This Report highlights some of the work we did during the past year and our projects for the years to come. I invite you to take a look at it. Your suggestions and comments are welcome on that blog. I will definitely answer all of your questions […]

  • Manifesto for 2017

    Dear friends, I was keen to send you, today itself, my very best wishes for 2017. May this year be rich, full of promise and may all your projects be met with success. This is a pivotal year for our continent, indeed, it will be marked by a change of leadership at the head of the […]

  • Re-equilibrating cities and rural areas: a priority for stability in the region

    The world is moving to the city and Africa is the world’s fastest urbanising continent. In 1950, sub-Saharan Africa had no cities with populations of more than 1 million. Today it has around 50! The continent’s population is expected to double by 2050: more than 80% of that growth will occur in cities. What’s striking […]