Thursday, March 30, 2006

 

Africa and development

I believe Africa has got the potential to develop. We have the expertise and the resources. However, there are factors that impede development. They include civil wars, poverty, corruption and exploitation of resources to mention a few. It is therefore up to the international community and Africans in particular to deal with these issues if Africa is to develop. Peace and security, democracy and good political, economic and corporate governance and regional co-operation and integration are essential to ensure sustainable development. We need to improve the image of Africa to attract foreign investments.
The diversity in the continent should also be taken into consideration; different cultures and history and some countries have plenty of resources while others have limited resources. This is where African Union, New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), regional oarganisations and development agencies should come in an help identify solutions to unique situations. If all the objectives and principles of NEPAD were to be followed, then nothing would stop Africa from developing and be competent in the global economy.

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