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Old 08-10-2015, 11:24 PM
 
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Africans have both outside and inside obstacles working against them when it comes to development. Only so much can be done about the outside obstacles. Correcting the inside obstacles is where Africans need to focus their energies.

An example of an inside obstacle that needs to be corrected:

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Moving the aid can be nightmare in itself. Africa's good roads are few, and often pass through the front lines of civil wars. But Shikwati notes an additional problem: Even African countries that have food to spare can't easily share it because tariffs on agricultural products within sub-Saharan Africa average as high as 33 percent, compared with 12 percent on similar products imported from Europe.

"It doesn't make sense when they can't even allow their neighbors to feed them. They have to wait for others in Europe or Asia to help," he said. "We don't have any excuses in Africa. We can't blame nature. We have to tell our leadership to open up and get people producing food."


The African Executive | Economist Blames Aid for Africa Famine
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:25 AM
 
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I get a real kick out of all the people on this forum who are blind to Chinese imperialism. Some of these posters even argue that Chinese imperialism is good because they supposedly "don't make deals with strings attached like the evil Americans and western Europeans".

Apparently imperialism is only wrong when it's the US and/or western Europe behind it. China, Russia, Indonesia, etc can make all the landgrabs and colonization schemes they want and it's a-ok.

Black people are so blinded by their hatred of the white man that they are in a perpetual state of denial. I do think the Chinese are more tame when it comes of imperialism, but then the times have changed.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:51 AM
 
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Black people are so blinded by their hatred of the white man that they are in a perpetual state of denial. I do think the Chinese are more tame when it comes of imperialism, but then the times have changed.
They are? White people think they are more important to blacks than they actually are..judging by these forums, whites are the ones overly concerned with blacks. Blacks define themselves as black, whites as not black. Thats how I see it, Im both black and white, Im mixed.

But, when whites came to Africa they colonized it by the gun for resources. The Chinese built roads and dams..

Idk, the threat of imperialism, or the history of it? Which would you choose?
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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This talks about what African governments need to change to improve trade on the continent.


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The role of red tape

The majority of African countries fall in the bottom half of the World Bank ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index.(16) The regulatory environment in Africa particularly, is not conducive to doing business. The lengthy process of clearing goods through customs, which results in a 1% reduction of volume for every day of delay, is another key issue. Policies and procedures affecting exporting companies are also detrimental to trade. For example, a single truck, part of a grocery chain, operating in two neighbouring countries which are in the same regional block may need up to 1,600 documents to be able to cross a border.(17) Countries like Uganda have a factory-to-ship time of almost two months. Reducing this time would allow for greater export volumes and generate more revenue.

Africa must overcome barriers to intra-African trade to boost growth
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