Rex Tillerson: Remarks at the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson delivered these remarks at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Friday, November 17, 2017. The occasion was a gathering of about three dozen African foreign ministers or their designated representatives. Thank you. And good morning, everyone. It really is my honor to welcome all of you to …

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How to rebalance Africa’s relationship with China

Bamidele Adekunle, University of Guelph Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic ties with China have grown significantly this century. Beijing became the sub-continent’s biggest trading partner in 2009. But for sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from this relationship both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude. The dramatic rise in trade has been driven by two factors: …

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Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa

Patricia Jones, University of Oxford Sub-Saharan African countries are urbanising fast. Currently, 335 million people are living in urban areas across the continent and this number is expected to double in the next twenty-five years. But as African cities have grown so have their problems. They are more congested than they were a decade ago, …

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Why it’s not business as usual for leaders south of the Sahara

David E Kiwuwa, Princeton University The violent and chaotic events in Burundi have once again brought into sharp focus the perennial problem of leadership change in sub-Saharan Africa. Triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term of office, they follow the familiar narrative of political leaders’ unwillingness to unclench their grip off the leavers …

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When better education doesn’t lead to a better job

Francis Teal, University of Oxford Many visitors in poor, sub-Saharan African countries are struck by how schools outnumber factories. The large number of schools is due partly to the success of one of the Millennium Development Goals – that primary education should be available to all children. According to the World Bank, the proportion of …

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