Very interesting video. I would be interested in seeing the full documentary. I think using renewable energy devices in Africa to assist with the living conditions there, is a great idea. The only issue would be money to support projects for supplying the population with these items.
With massive land, less prone natural disaster and partly/untapped mineral resources - petroleum, coal, zinc, tin, iron -ore, bitumen the list is infinity. In fact, Africa is blessed and endowed with unlimited and countless in both materials and human resources is seen as super -emerging market for especially high tech industries. But the region is work in-progress...which needs massive investment in educating the people inhabiting the place and infrastructures.
Definitely its a land with loads of mineral resources , two weeks before i just met a stranger who works in south africa and hails from india. he started to explain the difficulty they undergo to live a normal livelihood. They have started to drill the rocks in order to get mud for building houses etc, hence slowly they have started to open up and also clearing the dense forests, huge investments haven taken place to buy these kind of crushers to crush the rocks. according to me they will evolve has a huge market within couple of years as they have started to tap the natural resources available.
This land will become a great source of trade for most of the countries.
@Saranyatil the stranger from Indian seems to be right. Infact, rock drilling in some parts of Africa has been on for a while as well as Coal mining. According to reports analysis from Standard Bank - foreign direct investment is directed majorly on mining of energy and infrastructure. The net foreign direct investment (FDI) flows on average between the year 2005 and 2007 was $37.343millions. I think, since that time till 2011 more investments have surfaced in the area.
Africans are adopting technologies faster than before. According to the World bank and UNDP research analysis reports on communication infrastructure as at 2008, Africa is home to a mere 3% of global internet users. Reports from internet world statistic as at March 2011, Africa has improved by additional 2.7% to 5.7%
Wale Bakare thanks for the detialed post. By looking at the information provided Africa will stands No. 1 in the coming years for providing natural resources across the globe. I heard African government already opens the door for large telecomm services. At the same time it is very important to raise their academic standards by establishing big technological instistues so that they will have enough brain power by that time.
Agreed on setting up technological institutes to boost talents in the region. Nevertheless, quiet few Africa nations have embarked on projects like that, but the setback being faced is the brain-drain issue, many African expertise in the field of technology are abroad due to lack of infrastructure in their home lands.
Presently, this problem is being looked at by few sensible and responsible governments in some Africa countries. Meanwhile, it will take a while to remedy what has badly damaged especially human system.
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