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Old 11-06-2013, 12:27 AM
 
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In your opinion, what will be the world's first truly developed African country, and in which year will this be achieved? Think on the level of Switzerland or Denmark, not those straddling on the periphery like South Korea.

I'd say Ghana in the year 2100. I base this conjecture on what I've heard and read about the country. It seems to be performing very well for its size compared to other giants like Nigeria or South Africa.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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What definition are you using for developed? Westernized? Industrialized?
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:41 PM
 
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2100 lol

Seriously, I would say that South Africa and Morocco, are already "developed". Possibly others, but those are two that I have been to.

I do think Mali and Gabon (other countries that I have been to) do have some work to do, but I don't think it will take 100 years lol.

I also don't see how you can claim that "South Korea is not fully developed". They are more advanced technologically than places like the United States. What counts as "developed" in your view? Only rich countries with lots of welfare (like Switzerland and Denmark)?
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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2100 lol

Seriously, I would say that South Africa and Morocco, are already "developed". Possibly others, but those are two that I have been to.

I do think Mali and Gabon (other countries that I have been to) do have some work to do, but I don't think it will take 100 years lol.

I also don't see how you can claim that "South Korea is not fully developed". They are more advanced technologically than places like the United States. What counts as "developed" in your view? Only rich countries with lots of welfare (like Switzerland and Denmark)?
Wealth is just one of the traits of being a developed country; it's not the only indicator. According to my non-academic and pedestrian definition of the term 'developed country', it refers to a level where most people of that country are near the tip of Maslow's Hierarchy, having no worries for tomorrow's food and shelter. It also involves a government that holds free and fair elections. It's not entirely about technology (though it is again, one of the indicators) but how society fosters a spirit of innovation in its people. Having said that, I wouldn't describe Morocco as being 'developed' even though it has the usual bells and whistles like internet access, hot bath water and what-nots.

It might sound ludicrous to set 2100 as the year when Africa will see its first 'developed' country but decades swing by in a blink and let us not forget that a country's progress is intrinsically linked to its regional neighbours. That is to say, development is not an independent backyard activity.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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I think South Africa is already close to being "developed". But I think Ghana is the next country but I think way before 2100.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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As we know many educated Africans leave their home countries so that they can take better advantage of their education. I think in order for more African countries to develop to their full potential will require African governments to figure out what changes they need to make with their countries so that more of their better educated will stay in their home country. Once African governments make these changes then you'll see some real development on the continent. Africa needs its educated to stick around for development.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Never, African leaders can not lead. Africa will only become first world if they allow themselves to be colonolized again which is unlikely. When African countries were colonized, their economies were pretty good.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:06 PM
 
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Hmm, is it Equitoreal Guinea, South Africa, Angola, and Mozambique.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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The world's first developed African country? How is that different from "Africa's first developed country"?

It happened already. The Republic of South Africa, under white rule. To a traveler passing through, it was just like Canada or Australia.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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The world's first developed African country? How is that different from "Africa's first developed country"?

It happened already. The Republic of South Africa, under white rule. To a traveler passing through, it was just like Canada or Australia.
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