Development Strategies in Africa: Current Economic, Socio-Political, and Institutional Trends and Issues

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Part V

PROBLEMS AND PROJECTIONS
IN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT, AND THE IMPACT
OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Ibrahim Gambari's "Africa in an Emerging World" argues that Africa is indeed at the crossroads in the reemerging de-ideologized world order of international politics and the consequent rapprochement of superpowers. This has the potential for both positive and negative consequences for Africa. In this quasi‐ unipolar international system, including several centers of other powers including Japan, the Pacific Rim, the reunited Germany, and the European Economic Community, the author asks the question whether Africa is not headed toward marginalization. Or will the continent take advantage of the positive elements in the changing international political and economic order? To do so, Africa needs to manage itself properly. It must solve domestic problems and create programs for self-reliance at national, subregional and continental levels through domestic efforts. Also Africa needs to create necessary regional, economic and cooperative arrangements to expand Africa's internal trade and to achieve greater mobility of the factors of production. Africa should, too, take step in developing its capabilities in international diplomatic efforts to liberate South Africa. Other diplomatic goals should be to solve problems of environment of production and consumption and trafficking in narcotics. Then, too, there are international health threats and problems of terrorism, political refugees, and reduced transfer of financial resources.

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