oa Africa Insight - They came, they talked, they cautioned

Volume 32, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Matters concerning development have engaged the attention of African governments since independence. Sadly, however, efforts in this regard have often yielded little or no result. This situation borders on the apocalyptic; as such, it is as though the continent is destined to live precariously on the edge of survival.1 It is in this vein that one should appreciate the relevance of the African African-American Summit initiative, which started in 1991 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, with the aim of creating the necessary environment for the development of the African continent. Four other summits have been held since. The Fifth African African-American Summit was held in Accra, Ghana, from 15-21 May 1999, to specifically find solutions to African problems through trade, investment and partnerships between Africans and African-Americans. This is, by all reckoning, a step in the right direction. The Fifth Summit, dubbed the Millennium Summit, not only lived up to expectations, but raised the hopes of participants with respect to the creation of a favourable business environment which could lead to the sustainable development of the continent.

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