South African Premier Lists Factors for Africa’s Economic Growth

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David Makhura, whilst delivering a lecture at the Lagos Business School, said inter-African cooperation holds the key to the economic growth of the continent

The Premier of Guateng, South Africa, in his lecture, examined the narrative of ‘Africa Rising’, maintaining that economic growth should not be the only factor that determines the narrative, but rather, production and manufacturing of goods by African countries; youth empowerment; strong leadership and governance; active participation; and investment by the middle class in their own countries and other African countries cohesively.

“There is no African country that can advance and make progress without working with other African countries

The Africa Rising narrative misses the point because it does not address the issues we as Africans are concerned about. It is not enough to look only into economic growth to determine the rise of Africa,” he said.

He stressed that there was a dire need for African countries to develop its human resource capacity as the youths are the continent’s greatest asset

“Africa is a youthful continent; its youth are its greatest asset. We must continue to invest in our youth as they are drivers of regeneration,” he noted.


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