Date: February 22, 2016

Contact: Eron Henry
Media Relations Coordinator
Unleashed Marketing Team

Major economists endorse book promoting export-led growth for Africa

Unleashed: A New Paradigm of African Trade with the World by John Akhile has received major endorsements from leading economists.

Justin Yifu Lin, former Chief Economist of the World Bank, declared that “this book is a must read for anyone who is concerned about poverty reduction and prosperity in Africa.” The book is “full of practical insights about how to make such quick wins happened in Africa.”

Lin, who is professor and honorary dean of the National School of Development at Peking University in China, told Akhile he hopes “the messages of your book will spread to leaders and intellectuals in Africa, take root in their hearts and convince them to take actions along the line of your suggestions.”

Ron Dart, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada, said “John Akhile has written well and wisely about the need for responsible captains on the ship of state to sail across the political waters in a safe and just manner.”

Dart encouraged others “to read this challenging book and weigh, judiciously, Akhile’s cogent and poignant arguments – the future of Africa hinges on hearing the insights of Akhile.”

Stephen Chan, a professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, England, described Unleashed “as a book of compelling honesty but great optimism. It proposes a vision that overturns a long history of pessimism about Africa, and deserves to be read by policymakers and investors globally.”

Olu Fasan, a trade lawyer, political economist and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics stated that “Unleashed’s breadth of coverage is really impressive. The book is historical, comparative and ideational in its approach.”

Fasan was particularly “impressed about the book’s optimism, the idea that export-led industrialization is achievable,” and that “it offers solutions, such as how to develop the right export trade strategy, how to exploit comparative advantages and how to build infrastructure and fund industrial projects.”

Unleashed, which takes a broad look at the historical impediments to Africa’s economic progress, recommends trade as the chief means by which the continent may grow its way out of poverty, and makes recommendations how to do so.
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