Comments on: “Green growth” strategy viable for African economy Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Philippe Mandangi Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:49:21 +0000 The lack of vision in most of African leaders has been, is and will always be the biggest threat to African economy. Most of African leaders tend to have excuses that the servicing of foreign debts is the issue in getting investments in public infrastructures. In meantime, foreign investors are making profit on their businesses year in year out.
It is time that africa make a proper SWOT analysis and start addressing the political instability, which at core of the crisis.
In 2006, DR Congo held an election that the International Community hailed as first democratic election in 40 years, in contrast President Kabila used it as mean to silence his opponents through non classical and inhuman actions.
Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, a close ally to President Kabila turned fire on his friend on his trip to London last year.
In his own admission, he told the audience at the House of Commons that he regretted that President Kabila did not use his victory to open up political space. That said it all. The crisis in DR Congo is man-made by the elitist class that has been governing the country since Mobutu’s era. President Kabila has been unable to reverse the trend, he is employing the Mobutu’s advisers to run a country that rejected Mobutu. As consequence, President is following Mobutu’s footsteps by investing more in his own security that investing in education, research and development or other public infrastructures. It is not the West to blame, we are not doing right when we encourage corruption and public fund mismanagement.

By: buffalojump Tue, 16 Jun 2009 22:36:13 +0000 Africa will not progress if it depends on aid including green aid. the leaders must be responsible to it’s people and aid just deters this responsibility.

When the policies and corruption is gone then Africa will move ahead. It has tremendous potential. I would say more than any other geographic location in the world but it must be responsible to make this happen for it’s people. Western aid hasn’t worked, one should look at the pragmatic approach of the Chinese.