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Reform and Growth in Africa

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16 May 2000
9789264181649 (PDF) ;9789264176447(print)

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What qualifies an economy as "emerging"? The answers provided in this book lead to a fresh conception of the diversity of the African continent. Thus, growth dynamics cannot simply be measured in economic terms. Indicators must also include governance, efficiency and democracy of institutions, and an appropriate climate for business. All these issues are linked to policies, and the outstanding conclusion of this book, in the face of embedded "Afro-pessimism", is that policies do matter for growth; that there is no "African mystery", simply poor policies and bad governance. Reform and Growth in Africa is a contribution to the search for a reversal of the economic plight of African countries, based upon national experience and policy reform. This book reflects the contributions to the first edition of the International Forum on African Perspectives, which was held in Paris in February 2000. The forum was created by the African Development Bank and the OECD Development Centre as an annual meeting place of ideas and strategies from African countries and from the OECD region. The aim of the Forum is to create an area where the knowledge bases of the partners can be combined to exploit their specific advantages in the search for solutions to the economic problems of Africa. The Forum also includes an open meeting where these ideas can be tested in front of a wide audience of people from the worlds of politics, administration, academia, the media and business.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Jorge Braga de Macedo and Omar Kabbaj
Opening Remarks by Philippe de Fontaine Vive
Keynote Address by Omar Kabbaj
Emerging Africa: A Summary of the Debate by Colm Foy and Andrea Goldstein
Part One: Views on the Reform Process
The Ugandan Reform Experience by Gerald Ssendaula
The Reform Process: A View from Europe by Uschi Eid
The Case for Privatisation by S. C. Nwokedi
Health, Conflict and Globalisation by Rino Serri
The Role of the Private Sector by Mabousso Thiam
The Importance of Financial Stability by Ismail Hassan Mohamed
Rethinking the Euro-African Relationship by Luis Filipe Marques Amado
Challenges Ahead by Ahmed El Madani Diallo
Risks and Opportunities for Investors by Jean-Louis Terrier
Part Two: Policy Achievements and Challenges
Measuring Reform by Federico Bonaglia, Andrea Goldstein and Christine Richaud
Governance and Growth by Abdallah Hamdok and Henock Kifle
Human Capital Development by M. N. Hussain, S.S. Moyo, and T. W.Oshikoya
Simulating the Next 20 Years by Jean-Claude Berthelemy and Ludvig Soderling
List of Participants

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