The African continent fueled many debates on the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
The discussion board’s discussions centred round sustainable options, starting from power transition, reimagining globalisation, inclusion and variety to arrange the world to collaborate and share equally in all future alternatives. How can the African continent place itself to thrive in an equitable international village?
Govt Director of ITC International Trade Center, Pamela Coke-Hamilton joined us to elaborate extra on the problems mentioned with an African focus.
– 2023 Africa Financial Outlook: the challenges forward –
Twenty-three African nations had been both over-indebted or at excessive threat of being so in September 2022, the 2023 African Financial Outlook revealed. The outlook ready by the African Improvement financial institution warned that this degree of indebtedness is alarming, and that African nations may have extra time to repay.
The report cautions on the present international and regional dangers which embody hovering meals and power costs, tightening international monetary circumstances and the related improve in home debt servicing prices.
Local weather change, with its opposed results on meals provide and the potential threat of political change in nations holding elections in 2023, are equally daunting threats.
The financial institution additionally requires measures to “cut back structural price range deficits and public debt accumulation”, in addition to “efficient coordination of fiscal and financial actions” and “stimulating intra-African commerce”
– Sudan’s prized gum bushes chase away drought –
Gum arabic, a resin tapped from the acacia tree, is utilized in the whole lot from comfortable drinks to prescribed drugs however for main world producer Sudan additionally it is seen as a key weapon within the battle in opposition to desertification.
Sudan, in northeastern Africa, is among the many nations hardest hit by local weather change however can also be the world’s largest producer of the uncooked gum.
Sudanese exports account for 70 % of world gum provides, in line with AFD, the French company for improvement. Since South Sudan broke away a decade in the past, taking with it its massive oil reserves, gum arabic has been one in all Sudan’s major overseas foreign money earners. Extra particulars within the video report.
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