Inspite of the optimisim on the social and economic growth of Africa, the contininent still remains undoubtly one that has the capacity of growing exceedingly in years to come.
However, as 2011 rolls by today, I decided to run through some awesome and inspiring quote that have been said this year concerning Africa.
Some of the predictions in this quote though remain yet to be seen while others have already been unraveling this year.
Here are some ‘spoken words’ by notable heads around the world:
* ‘…the world needs to look towards the growth and development of the continent and not towards the statistics of the past.
– Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala,Nigeria Minister of Finance.
*’Africa oppourtunities will only materalise if a continent-wide movement similar to that seen during the struggle for liberation involving political leaders,business and the citizenry at large engage in a collective effort to ensure that every African has a source of income,roof over their head, access to quality education and healthcare as well as the capabilities and means to pursue their dreams in a peaceful enviroment’
– Africa Monitor Development Support Monitor (DSM) report 2011.
* ‘Development is not going to happen without women in Africa.’
– Nomcebo Manzini, Regional Director for South Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands of the U.N
* ‘…because we understand one thing the rest of the world is begining to understand, and that is that women hold the key to the economic growth of Africa- just as they hold the key to the economic growth around the world’
– Hillary Clinton, U.S Secretary of states.
* ‘African poitical leadership must be alligned with the entrepreneural aspiration of the generality of Africans.’
-Tony Elumelu, Former CEO of United Bank for Africa (UBA).
*’ Adequate investment in agriculture by Africa government and development patners could improve food security,reduce hunger and poverty as well as manage the devastating effect of famine and climate change.’
*’we now have a situation in which the same sources that depicited Africa as a hopeless case tem years ago are now acknowledging that it can be next global growth place.
-U.N under secretary General, Abdoulie Janneh at the Africa Trade forum, Ethopia.
*’ we have a growing and dynamic economy that of course will become more dynamic economy in the next 5-10 years and we play and make an important contribution to 4rican growth as does our counterpart in Nigeria as well’
– Pravin Gordhan, South Africa Minister of Finance at a BBC interview on why South Afrrica get to be a member of BRICS exclusive club.
*If you are not in Nigeria…u are not in Africa because apart from our fundementals that we are the largest country in terms of population,we are growing at a very respectable rate of 7% and better for the past ouple of years and we have got both the natural resources but also the human resources base to be able to do better.’
-Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.
*’with the NSIA bill, Nigeria is saving for its children,investing in its future and building its financial future in order to meet budgetary commitments in face of volatilwe oil prices and investing to diversify the economy.’
-Former Minister of Finance, Olusegun Aganga.