Africa’s race against the machines

By Brahima Coulibaly , Washington D.C. – By some estimates, automation threatens over half of all jobs in OECD countries. And now that the employment challenge is coming into focus, the scramble for solutions has begun. For example, Bill Gates has called for a tax… Read More

Africa’s stake in Brexit

By Carlos Lopes, OXFORD – As Britain focuses on what its relationship with the European Union might look like once it leaves the bloc, sometime during 2019, the rest of the world is already girding for the post-Brexit era. For many African countries in particular,… Read More

A better investment framework for Africa

By Wolfgang Schäuble, BERLIN, Africa’s enormous economic potential is not news. But, until now, policymakers around the world have not successfully defined the political and economic steps that must be taken to enable Africa to realize this potential fully. That is why the German G20… Read More

Why Africa should go cashless

By Carl Manlan, India has lately been pursuing an ambitious goal: a cashless economy. Despite early missteps and frustrations, it will turn out to be a change for the better for the country’s 1.31 billion people. Africa should set a similar goal – and take… Read More

A big bond for Africa

By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  and  Nancy Birdsall – The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa have reached a critical juncture. Strained by a collapse in commodity prices and China’s economic slowdown, the region’s growth slipped to 3.4% in 2015 – nearly 50% lower than the average rate over… Read More

Powering Africa’s Transformation

By Carlos Lopes,  Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu – Africa has a bright future ahead of it. Productivity and growth will improve as African economies continue to place more emphasis on services and manufacturing, pursue commodity production, and achieve quick gains in agriculture and light… Read More

Powering Africa’s Future

By Alpha Condé, CONAKRY – When G20 leaders meet later this year in Hamburg, investment in Africa’s future will be high on their agenda. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already committed to using her presidency of the forum to promote “sustainable growth and jobs” on… Read More

Africa Still Rising

By Donald Kaberuka and Acha Leke, JOHANNESBURG (Project Syndicate) – Is the honeymoon over for African economies? Less than a decade ago, it seemed that the continent’s economic dreams were beginning to come true, with many countries experiencing impressive GDP growth and development. Now, as… Read More

Building Africa’s Knowledge Economy

By Simplice A. Asongu – Development economists often differ with one another, but they agree on this: the knowledge economy will be the foundation of every nation’s progress in the twenty-first century. Yet while East Asia and other regions have been making substantial gains in… Read More

Africa’s post-Brexit opportunity

By Professor Calestous Juma, LONDON (Project Syndicate ) – The entire world felt the shock waves from the decision by voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and Africa was no exception, especially given its close historical ties with many EU member… Read More

The Greening of African Technology

By Graça Machel, JOHANNESBURG (Project Syndicate) – Technological innovation offers Africa huge possibilities. That is why I joined Africa’s movers and shakers last week at a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. We were there to discuss how the… Read More