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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on Africa rising: the continent must develop in its own way

A train on a line constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation and financed by Chinese government in Kimuka, Kenya. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
A tren on a lîn cnstructd bî ɖ Ćîna Rod n Brij Corṗreśn n fnanst bî Ćînīz guvnmnt in Kimuka, Ceńa. Foṭgraf: Toṃs Mukoya/Rôtrz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Africa rîzñ: ɖ continnt mst dveḷp in its ǒn we

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 28 December 2021)

Africn neśnz hv hudld tgɖr in fes v clîṃt n Covid stormz. Ɖe mst mc ɖt yṇti pe of fr ɖer sitiznz

Tyzde, 28 Dsmbr 2021

“It wz ɖ bst v tîmz, it wz ɖ wrst v tîmz.” So opnz Ćarlz Dicinz’ A Têl v Tū Sitiz. Set in Lundn n Paris jrñ ɖ lêt 1700z n ɖ līd-up t ɖ Frenć Reṿluśn, ɖ novl wz a wornñ abt ẃt hapnz ẃn wlʈ funlz upwdz ẃl ɖ masz stagnet. Nẃr d ɖ bst n wrst v tîmz c’lîd wɖ mor jioṗliticl fors ɖn in Africa.

Africn raitrz swept ɖ bōrd fr litṛćr‘wordz fṛm ɖ Nobel t ɖ Bcr, ẃl sevn ǎt v et ćildṛn in ɖ continnt’s sub-Shaṛn rījn r unebl t rīd bî ɖ ej v 10. Ɖs yir ɖ continnt wz hom t ɖ slǒist inṭnetspīdz on ɖ planit, az Africn jujz grantd ɖ wrld’z frst petnt gvn t a robót invntr. Abt 50 miłn Africnz r xpctd t fōl intu xtrim poṿti in 2021, ẃn ɖ continnt’s rićist biłnerz hv sìn ɖer wlʈ incris bî a fifʈ.

Gloḅlîześn hz poḷrîzd ssaytiz, an ifct ɖt hz bn sūṗćarjd jrñ ɖ pandemic. Ɖs patn z nt unyźl in uɖr neśnz, bt t aplî it t Africa sjsts ɖt it pzesz a yṇti bynd ɖ mir jịgrafic. Africn neśnz hv hudld tgɖr in ɖ fes v clîṃt n Covid stormz – wɖ gd rīzn. Instd v rwordñ Africn sayntists fr îdnṭfayñ ɖ ʈret v Omicron, ɖ wst impozd travlbanz on ɖ continnt. Ɖ sspiśn z ɖt hd ɖ Sars-CoV-2 vîṛs bn faund in Africa, it wd hv bn cut of.

Ɖ pandemic hz md viẓbl a wrld biyñ śept t Africa’z dis’dvantij. Lo vax̣neśnrets r a rīzn fr ɖ imrjns v denjṛs c’roṇvîṛs verịnts, so ẃ let jst 8% v 1.3 biłn Africnz b fŭli vax̣netd? Ɖ industrịlîzd wrld w’nt iśu Africa a vaxīn-petnt weivr, n foṛn ed z jst 2% v ɖ continnt’s GDP. So Africn neśnz c’nt mańfacćr ɖer ǒn ćīp meḍsinz n lac ɖ foṛn xćenj t cŭśn distṛbyśncosts.

Clîṃtcost

Dspt hvñ pleid a negliɉbl rǒl in crietñ ɖ clîṃtcrîsis, Africn cuntriz olrdi fînd ɖmslvz peyñ a hevi prîs fr it. Ɖ YY planz t intṛdys grīnhǎs-gas taxz on imports ɖt wl pl a carbn crtn acrs ɖ Mediṭreńn. Carlos Lopes v ɖ Yṇvrṣti v Ceptǎn sz Africn trenprojects bilt bî Ćînīz cumṗniz r nt yzñ ɖ lo-carbn tecnoḷji rold ǎt at hom.

Ɖ pformns v Africa hz bn dscrîbd az ɖ wrst ic̣nomic traɉdi v ɖ 20ʈ snć̣ri. Comnples xpḷneśnz d’nt ber mć scrūṭni. Sttistics cn śo ɖt ɖ closr a cuntri z t ɖ iqetr, ɖ purr it z. Yt nwn wd argy ɖt slo groʈ cōzd a cuntri t gt closr t ɖ iqetr. Africa hz bn dīsteḅlîzd bî conflict, bt ɖt hz, sz Prof Lopes, nt stopt Tîland dveḷpñ an xportbes. Wn contṛvrśl arğmnt z ɖt tù fy, nt tù mni, coḷnîzrz wr ɖ probḷm. Ɖ ʈiyri gz ɖt hayr levlz v Yṛpiyn setlmnt léd t mor pṛductiv insttyśnz. Hvr, ɖ historịn Morten Jerven, in hiz bc Ɖ Wlʈ n Poṿti v Africn Stets, sz ɖt riyl wejz stagnetd in ɖ setlr icoṇmiz v Sǎʈ Africa, Zimbabwe n Ceńa, ẃr-az in ɖ peznt icoṇmiz v Yganda n Gāna, riyl wejz rouz.

Africa wz nt coḷnîzd bcz it wz pur. Yṛpiyn pǎrz okpaid n dvîdd p ɖ continnt in ɖ 19ʈ snć̣ri bcz it wz rić. Africa wz wns a bredbascit; hǎ dd it rn a repyteśn fr biyñ a bascitces? Wn rīzn z an xtractiv ic̣nomic modl ɖt pṛmots Africn dveḷpmnt via foṛn d’rect invstmnt, xport-léd groʈ n fnanśl libṛlîześn. Ɖs web, acordñ t Tynizịn icoṇmist Fadhel Kaboub, drenz nirli $2tn ańli fṛm ɖ dveḷpñ wrld.

Tde, Africn icoṇmiz xport lo-valy-add gdz reḷtiv t ɖer imports. Instd v growñ ɖer ǒn fūd t fīd ɖer ppl, cuntriz import fūdstufs. Ẃl sm neśnz xport crūd hîdrocarbnz, mni mor import rfînd petṛcemiclz sć az gaṣlīn. Ɖ rît t brñ in ɖz isnślz z handd ovr t a p’liticli cnctd biznis “rentịr” clas ɖt hz a vstd inṭrest in ɖ steṭs qo. Ɖr z a dmand fr jobz, a hungr fr edyceśn n a despṛt nīd fr hlʈ in Africa. Yt līdrz r còt in a dlema: f ɖe criet muni t spend on sośl chīźn, ɖe risc incrisñ fūd, eṇji n capitl-gdz imports, n incrisñ ɖer treḑeḟsit. Ɖt pts dǎnẉd preśr on ɖ naśnl cuṛnsi. A wìc xćenjret mīnz ɖt imports v besic nseṣtiz wl b mor xpnsiv. Hisṭri z litrd wɖ xamplz v vayḷnt reṿluśnz prisidd bî prîșpîcs.

An oltrṇtiv straṭji

Ic̣nomic orʈ̇doxi hz no ansr. Its txt-bcs wd hv Africn guvnmnts instructñ sntṛl bancs t boro YS dolrz t prop p ɖ locl cuṛnsi n prîoṛtîzñ foṛn creditrz wɖ osteṛti. Africa’z stuntd dveḷpmnt demnstrets ɖt pur stets cntiny t b impoṿriśt bî biyñ intgretd intu ɖ wrldsistm ʈru a rleśnśp v unīql ic̣nomic xćenj wɖ wlʈi stets. An oltrṇtiv Africn straṭji wd si guvnmnts spendñ on public srṿsz n on incrisñ fūd n rnywbl eṇji sovṛnti, ẃl cracñ dǎn on c’rupśn.

Ɖs pṛvîdz a we ǎt v ɖ cuṛnt dveḷpmnțrap. In ɖer bc Africa’z Last C’lońl Cuṛnsi, Fani Pigeaud n Ndongo Samba Sylla sjst ɖt, instd v importñ fūd n brnñ ʈru foṛn rzrvz, Africn stets śd pṛdys fūd at hom, az land, wrc n nǒhǎ r abundnt. “F ɖe fnanst ɖ dveḷpmnt v ɖer agriculćr, ɖe wd’nt rdys ɖer foṛn xćenj rzrvz; on ɖ contrri, ɖe wd sev muni.”

Stet-ǒnd enṭprîzz n a cmpettiv dmestic prîṿt sectr wd hlp Africa ived activtiz dmandd bî ɖ globl norʈ. Az Africn cuntriz bcm incrisñli dijitl, deta wl b pǎr in ic̣nomic guvnns – n locl enttiz mst b its custodịn, nt trnznaśnl corṗreśnz. Tred’grīmnts btwn cuntriz v similr incmlevlz r mor beṇfiśl fr ɖm cmperd wɖ ɖ Wrld Tred Orġnîześn’z fremwrc. Ɖ Africn Conṭnntl Fri Tred Eria, crietd bî 54 v ɖ 55 AY neśnz, z a gd start. Africn icoṇmiz wd beṇfit bî pṛdysñ grīn industrịl gdz ɖt rić cuntriz tec fr grantd, bt huz mas pṛdux́n hz nt rīćt ɖ continnt. It wd b in Yṛp’s inṭrest t hlp – az mor Africnz wd b ebl t fînd jobz at hom, preśr t mîgret wd īz. Africa z còt btwn hisṭri n jiogṛfi. Unḍstandñ hǎ n ẃ it got t ẃr it z tde wl hlp ɖ continnt muv fwd in ɖ fyćr.

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