Top Priorities for Africa in 2013


top-priorities-for-africa-2013To genuinely grasp what the greatest challenges in Africa will be in 2013, this in-depth, ninety-four minute, panel discussion is essential. Below is a summary of what this panel deliberated over.


“African countries start the new year with hope and optimism, as many continue to improve governance, deepen economic growth and advance democratic reforms. However, instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rising extremism in Mali and Nigeria, and ongoing youth unemployment in much of the continent make the great expectations for Africa seem fragile at times.

On January 9, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings hosted a discussion with leading African experts on what the most pressing issues and challenges are for the continent in 2013. The panel included: Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, who appeared via video conference; Laura Seay, assistant professor at Morehouse College; Steve Radelet, distinguished professor at Georgetown University; and Senior Fellow Mwangi Kimenyi, director of the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings. Isha Sesay, anchor on CNN International, moderated the discussion.

The event follows the release of the new Forsight Africa report, a collection of short briefs on the major issues for Africa in 2013.”

To watch the full video presentation of this panel discussion please click here:

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