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Old 08-18-2013, 01:55 PM
 
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Ghana from what I've been reading has become a new model for both political and economic reform on the continent. I wanted to relate this to the Singapore thread since many had issues with comparing a city to African countries.



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For farmers, the reforms brought about massive devaluation of the cedi, plus reform of the cocoa marketing board (COCOBOD): bloated staffing was cut back, input distribution was privatised and competition was introduced to internal marketing. As a result, and despite a decline in international cocoa prices in the 1980s, producers’ prices progressively increased, benefiting thousands of smallholders. The cocoa boom also stimulated growth in the rest of the rural economy.

A stable economy, market liberalisation and improved infrastructure have restored incentives to agriculture, which has both benefited small farmers and encouraged some large-scale investment in cash crops such as pineapples and palm oil.

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Old 08-18-2013, 02:10 PM
 
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Ghana from what I've been reading has become a new model for both political and economic reform on the continent. I wanted to relate this to the Singapore thread since many had issues with comparing a city to African countries.
The leftist elite has always sneered at agriculture and peasants, Nkrumah was no different. The Left tends to view rural areas as places that exist to feed the teeming masses in the cities nothing more. However it is hard to have a well functioning developed country without a strong agricultural base or the ability to import food stuffs if arable land is not available.

Jamaica is learning this as well.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/04/wo...pagewanted=all
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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Some interesting news.

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Mr. Cheong said the IE Singapore would help facilitate economic development in Ghana in three main areas namely; infrastructural development, support in the Oil and Gas sector and consumer goods.

He said Ghana was chosen because of its political stability and the fact that it was the fastest growing economy in the sub-region, a feat which had been acknowledged by the IMF.

allAfrica.com: Ghana: Singapore Establishes Presence in Ghana
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:07 AM
 
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So is there anything that other African countries can learn from Ghana?
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:13 AM
 
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Ghana from what I've been reading has become a new model for both political and economic reform on the continent. I wanted to relate this to the Singapore thread since many had issues with comparing a city to African countries.
At one point Ivory Coast was the shining e ample... Not anymore..
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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At one point Ivory Coast was the shining e ample... Not anymore..
Yeah their first post colonial president Félix Houphouët-Boigny did choose a better economic approach but didn't choose the right political approach(president for life). That president didn't have a democratic approach in place so things blew up after his death.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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The leftist elite has always sneered at agriculture and peasants, Nkrumah was no different. The Left tends to view rural areas as places that exist to feed the teeming masses in the cities nothing more. However it is hard to have a well functioning developed country without a strong agricultural base or the ability to import food stuffs if arable land is not available.
But that is based on the principle that a purely agrarian society cannot make any appreciable advance in any other respects. Everything else required urbanization, to place labor in proximity to productivity. Cities are necessary to the development of industry and technology (your "well functioning developed country"), which will turn around and benefit those in agricultural pursuits by affording higher market prices. And of course, they exist to feed people who grow something else of non-food value, and are used by agrarians, like fuels, implements, building materials.

Nations administered by the "leftist elite" never encouraged nor facilitated the typical slum-sprawl cityscape that was the natural result of rightist free-market economics, such as Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Caracas, Lagos, Cairo, Manila, Jakarta, Calcuta, Bombay and many others. No slum-cities like those ever developed in the socialist republilcs.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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But that is based on the principle that a purely agrarian society cannot make any appreciable advance in any other respects. Everything else required urbanization, to place labor in proximity to productivity. Cities are necessary to the development of industry and technology (your "well functioning developed country"), which will turn around and benefit those in agricultural pursuits by affording higher market prices. And of course, they exist to feed people who grow something else of non-food value, and are used by agrarians, like fuels, implements, building materials.

Nations administered by the "leftist elite" never encouraged nor facilitated the typical slum-sprawl cityscape that was the natural result of rightist free-market economics, such as Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Caracas, Lagos, Cairo, Manila, Jakarta, Calcuta, Bombay and many others. No slum-cities like those ever developed in the socialist republilcs.
All of the cities you mentioned are in countries that have at one point or another have been ruled by left leaning governments. I don't even think any of these cities with maybe the exception of Lima are in countries currently run by center right governments today.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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Yeah their first post colonial president Félix Houphouët-Boigny did choose a better economic approach but didn't choose the right political approach(president for life). That president didn't have a democratic approach in place so things blew up after his death.
President for life doesn't bother me that much if the governance is good and relatively corrupt free. Universal suffrage when the masses are illiterate with no concept of economics doesn't help matters either.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:27 PM
 
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All of the cities you mentioned are in countries that have at one point or another have been ruled by left leaning governments. I don't even think any of these cities with maybe the exception of Lima are in countries currently run by center right governments today.
All of them for most of their history were ruled by the fabulously wealthy. Hardly what I would call "left leaning". Their slums were well in place before anybody ever even heard of leftist movements, and leftist gained favor only because the poor were sick and tired of being robbed and starved by the millionaires that ruled and exploited them. Until the last couple of decades, every country in Latin America was run from its day of independence by the landed gentry who anointed a president/dictator sympathetic to their inherited financial interests. .

Jeez, every country, good or bad, has been at one point or another "ruled" by a left-leaning government, by your standards, including the USA continuously since the Glorious Hoover Enlightenment, except the Reagan and Bush years and even those are probably left leaning on your scale.

People in horrible poverty and deprivation at the hands of wealthy exploiters start muttering about socialism which opens your logical door to blaming socialists for their plight..

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