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Re-Engineering Development in African Countries Part 3

The World is a “Business Ecosystem” Managed by Politicians Part of the reason for the success of countries that have either made up ground or surpassed Western nations is that they get it. They get the fact that commerce is the business of the world’s nations. At the risk of over-simplification, the profit from supplying [...]

Re-Engineering Development in African Countries part 2

A Tale of Two Africas—Reality and Plunder One narrative is based on the “Euro-plunder mentality” of pre-colonial, post-slave trade era that led European “treasure-hunting” entrepreneurs to invade African shores in search of “plunder.” This narrative was akin to a bugle-horn blast to all who have “ears” that there is “gold in them thar hills” of [...]

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Re-Engineering Development in African countries

This wide-ranging analysis about re-engineering development in African countries is not for the faint of heart. It is not for those who would rather gloss over the challenges facing African countries and indulge in delusional fantasies about African “riches.” For those people, now would be the time to opt out of this discussion. In my [...]

Building Competitiveness in African Societies and Countries

Sustainable, irreversible economic development of African nations depends on evolving competitive societies that win in the marketplace of products, ideas, and tenacity. Everything in life depends on winning. Competition extends to the cosmos between the powers of good versus evil. It’s natural. The most successful companies sell winning products or services. The most successful athlete [...]

How African countries can use “Offset” in domestic procurement

Part of the mission of our newsletter, Unleash Africa, the website, unleashafricantrade.com blog, and the book, “Unleashed: A New paradigm of African Trade with the World,” is to share useful information with readers and, hopefully, leaders and policy-makers of African countries. The intention is to make an impact on several fronts. (1) To stimulate intense [...]

A Matrix of Export Opportunities for African Countries

To paraphrase the late Park Chung Hee; South Korea decided on export-oriented industrialization in 1963 because they realized at the time that their domestic market was too small and too poor on which to base the prospects for the nation's economic survival. Conversely, the world market presented many opportunities for affluent consumers that needed products [...]

To Rebuild Nigeria Start by Establishing Accountability in Society

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke In Nigeria, the good men and women have done very little for 60 years! However, with the election of a “good man,” Nigerians have signaled that they want their country back. They want to chart a moral [...]

All of the Above Strategy for Development – Compensatory trade should be a major component

In this segment of all the above strategy for development, we are exploring how the concept of trade without money can factor into the development strategies of African countries. In my book, Compensatory Trade Strategy, How to Fund Import-Export Trade when Hard Currency is in Short Supply, there are several illustrations of compensatory trade techniques. [...]

Comparing Liberia, Guinea and Sierra-Leone to Singapore

Statistics can be misleading because people on both sides of the Same issue can skew the message of statistics to argue their case. However, in the comparison of basic economic development matrix of the four countries, Singapore, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Liberia, no such opportunity exists. What you see is what you get. The statistics indeed [...]

African Countries should Copy Success

Every successful country, business or enterprise is founded on a model of previous success. Western societies are a great example of how to model success because each Western country has borrowed from the success of other Western countries in all areas of socio-economic arrangements. Asians have done the same. In that Asian economies have copied [...]