As I said earlier, without our societies being properly organized, our institutions and processes will suffer and thus constrain growth in the private sector where well paying jobs should be created. Today, in Africa, sadly, the best opportunity for making good money seems to be in the government and not in the private sector. This is anomalous, and it is a primary culprit that must be arrested for inclusive growth to occur. There is no doubt that Africa faces serious leadership challenges in various arenas. Africa needs the leadership to organize our societies and build institutions that will provide the processes for achieving high levels of living for all the people and for effective global competitiveness. Quite often, and indeed lately, many people have come to a false understanding of the statement often credited to President Obama, concerning looking for strong institutions and not strong men. Frankly folks, you will never have strong institutions in Africa without the emergence of strong men and women, not strong men in their ability to take advantage of the people and misappropriate their resources, but strong men in their character, integrity and values and with a vision to build institutions that can prevent the emergence of strong men that come on for themselves and their cronies only. Note that the following are some strong men and women who set up institutions and processes that have helped to transform their nations and their peoples. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Ghandi, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jnr, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, Lee Kuan Yew, Olusegun Obasanjo and Mahirtir Mohammed. Of all the resources on earth, the most important is the human resource. It is from our country's human resource stock that we get our leaders. Therefore, to have high quality future leadership, we must ensure that our children are educated and given the right skills for leading and building a productive society, understanding as Donald Kaberuka has said that organization without industrialization may not mean much. Economic growth in Africa must generate material outcomes that get to the people. A trickle down growth strategy in Africa will not work, the poverty membrane is too thick for that. What will work is a bottom up design as with the RED in Africa strategy. This is the way to sustainable development in our communities and among our nations. I am Magnus Kpakol, and that is my view.
Posted: Mar 23rd, 2015 @ 09:56:30 AM