Africa's False Start

Posted 6 months, 4 weeks ago | Originally written on 7 Mar 2015

Nearly all African countries began self-rule on the wrong foot. By the time they were 'in charge' of their own destiny they had already developed a healthy appetite for the colonist's produce. Tragic. And no one had the wherewithal to realise the long term implications.

Over fifty years on and African countries are more ensnared than ever before. Now dependence has become a norm with most governments seeking to attract investors without any regard for developing their own skill sets. I'm no expert on development but isn't it wrong to hand over your market so willingly to foreign investors? Isn't it the negative spiral to blunting local efforts at industrialisation? I'd be glad to be enlightened on this but so far it seems patently wrong to me.