well to me, we Africans and our leaders are largely not serious about development making money and social and economic development are not the same. We make alot of money in africa in many ways, but we develop little.
People, lives, society, education needs to be the focus, not large foreign reserves or a fairly good GDP that is the product of the efforts of an extremely rich minority.
It just hurts how much we talk facts and truth, but do nothing about it.
I agree as well, Tioluwa. It is very unfortunate that Africa has not been able to ever unify, and that there have been battles between different areas of Africa for many years which has made this more difficult.
I could not agree more. You wrote about unity, and you are right because unity is the key if we want to see Africa to standing in its feet and start walking. In addition, we can add also democracy and transparency.
When people talk about Africa, i wonder what they mean. When we say china, we know what that means, when we say Europe, we think of the EU, but when we say Africa, what do we mean? We are most definately not talking about AU, because AU is generally nothing more than a word.
Many african countries are sorting themselves out, finding their way up, and doing so in their own way, but Africa is not developing as an entity.
Until Africa joins hand with itself, african nations working together to develop technologically, socially, politically, trading with each other and uniting to foster growth, we cannot talk about about Africa as an entity developing, just individual african countries working hard to help themselves only.
clairvoyant,i do agree with your point,standard of living can be changed with the technology and the economy.. so if there is growth in economy then obviously there will be growth in standard of living..
For instance, China they call it the factory of the world, and certainly it is. Almost Everything is been manufactured somewhere in China. But how about the standard of living of the Chinese population?
I agree, Nemos. The standard of living should come first rather than growing an economy. However technology and the economy can affect the standard of living by creating jobs and using technology to make day to day living better.
I think that the economic grow of a country must goes hand by hand with the living standard of the people. It is pointless to have a big economy and your people starving (Ι have in mind many of countries who act like this) .The first and most important thing must begin in Africa is to minimize the corruption.
@Nemos you may be right but Africa development has been accelerated with rapid telecommunication adoption in the last few years. So also, the political scene not left out of the ongoing development and transformation. In the past, hardly could average salary earners afford mobile phones not talk of laptop. Today, college and university students can choose any brand of smartphones to buy without gnashing their teeth so also salary earners who prefer top rated phones.
Take a look at this report and peruse through. The giant OEM - telecommunication equipment manufacturer Ericsson has just opened a regional support center in Africa, Accra - Ghana. I think, in the nearest future Africa market will boost semiconductors, electronics/electrical sales. Generally, Ericsson presence spreading across Africa big plus for supply chain market sector. What do you think as regards that?
We must have in mind that Africa is not united, In Africa, although we can see a lot of similarities between two African country, there are so many differences. And a lot of problems waiting to be solved from the political situation to water supply and the education system. All this kind of problem keeps Africa bonded and its people hapless.
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