The president of Kenya was upbeat.
“I’m happy to be an African,” Kalonzo Musyoka said.
African diplomats looked past the trouble spots on the continent to focus on the future as they gathered in a Washington hotel ballroom for the annual Africa Day celebration last week.
The armed conflict between Sudan and South Sudan; the war against al-Shabab terrorists in Somalia, still recovering from a famine that killed tens of thousands; the coup in Mali; or the rebel war in the Democratic Republic of Congo - those crises and others were mostly downplayed, as diplomats listened to inspiring speeches about the potential for a continent with 56 countries and 1 billion people.
“Africa has the potential to feed the world,” Mr. Musyoka said in a speech to the diplomats and their guests.
“Africa’s time is truly now,” he added, calling Africa a “continent filled with promise and opportunity.”
Mr. Musyoka cautioned that many countries need to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure to realize the potential. He also said African nations “need to fight terrorism and extremism.”
Mrs. Migiro noted that Africa on average has outpaced most of the world during the global economic recession.
“African economies have shown remarkable growth since the beginning of this millennium,” she said.
She added that some nations are seeing “robust growth” of 7 percent, listing Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique and Rwanda.
However, growth was not uniform across the continent. Unemployment is “well over” 20 percent in southern Africa.
“In West Africa,” she added, “youth unemployment has been described as a time bomb that could reverse the gains made by countries recovering from conflict.”View Entire Story
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
“Right Angles” explores serious subjects, such as the Islamization of the Middle East and delegitimization of Israel, with humor, candor and a twist.
What does the middle-class conservative think about everything? Find out here.
A carefully guided tour through the confusing world of modern bookselling and publishing.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention