Arabic version of "Making Africa Work" a handbook for economic success presented | Tunisia News Gazette

Arabic version of “Making Africa Work” a handbook for economic success presented

The Arabic version of the book “Making Africa Work, which aims to provide policymakers on the continent with practical solutions and dynamic approaches to strengthen and guarantee the prosperity of their citizens, was presented on Monday in Tunis.

In the view of its authors, Greg Mills, President of the Brenthurst Foundation, Jeffrey Herbst, Newseum president, Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and Dickie Davis (Brenthurst Foundation), the conviction of the strong potential of African countries is the driving force behind the publication of their book, published in May 2017.

Using statistical analyses, expert interviews and case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America, the authors aim to provide a handbook of good practices to address the problems facing the continent like the doubling of the population, increasing urbanisation and the emergence of a young population armed with digital technologies.

Published by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation and Brenthurst Foundations, each chapter of this book covers a sector such as infrastructure, agriculture, services, mining, processing and technology.

In each chapter, the authors have inserted a summary of the key stages in the development, opportunities and challenges facing African States.

The final chapter brings together all the sectoral recommendations to provide a comprehensive model for African leaders.

Jeffrey Herbst, co-author of the book and Washington-based Newseum president said Africa is currently facing major changes that can represent significant opportunities if properly managed.

“Africa is the only continent where the population will be rejuvenated in the next 35 years,” said the official, adding that these talented young people have a real enthusiasm for new technologies.

These changes could pose real problems if Africa fails to put these young people into jobs for the next 25 years, he said.

He adds that the book is intended to advise African leaders and policy-makers so that they can create employment opportunities for these young people and ensure the growth of the African continent.

In the handbook, which includes 10 sectors, a comprehensive approach has been adopted covering the 48 African states (not country by country) to enable decision-makers to see which sectors are failing and to apply reform approaches to generate jobs, he said.

He also underlined that, because of its strategic position, Tunisia certainly has a privileged position insofar as it can develop the service sector. The Tunisian population has a much higher level of education compared to other African countries, he pointed out.

For his part, co-author, Greg Mills recalled that studies have shown that the African population will double in a few years, hence the need to control population growth.

The point is to turn weakness into an asset, he said.

The book was presented at a ceremony organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation and the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies.

Source: TAP News Agency

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