May 25, 2005

DON'T WAIT...LEAD:

Africans ask: 'Why isn't anyone telling the good news?' (Abraham McLaughlin, 5/26/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

• Africa's economies grew by more than 5 percent last year - their biggest expansion in eight years. Central Africa's oil boom spurred 14.4 percent growth for that region.

• Ghana's stock exchange is regularly one of the highest-performing markets in the world; in 2003, it was No. 1, gaining 144 percent, according to one analysis.

• Exports to the US from 37 African nations jumped 88 percent last year, to $26.6 billion. Jeans made in Lesotho are sold in US stores. Also, flowers from Kenya and vegetables from Senegal are regularly available in European shops.

• Use of cellphones and the Internet is growing faster in Africa than anywhere else, according to the United Nations.

These and other statistics are getting more focus amid efforts to boost Africa's image - along with the world's willingness to the public posturing over embryonic stem-cell research, on both sides of the debate, will not end anytime soon.invest in the continent.

A prominent challenge came this week from Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Speaking in Kenya at the International Press Institute's annual gathering, he defied the media to tell the whole story.

"I urge you to play your role, not merely as watchdogs and whistle-blowers, but as advocates and educators in our joint venture to make Africa ... a better place," he said.


To begin with, African leaders could demand that Robert Mugabe step down.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 25, 2005 6:38 PM
Comments

Because going from the sewer to the ditch may be a step up but its still a long way down from here.

Posted by: Shelton at May 25, 2005 7:10 PM

along with the world's willingness to the public posturing over embryonic stem-cell research, on both sides of the debate, will not end anytime soon.invest in the continent.

Ummm, what's that again?

Posted by: PapayaSF at May 25, 2005 8:43 PM

Most Ghanaians have income of under a dollar a day but the stock market is OK.

Where have I seen that before?

Oh, yeah. Russia.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at May 26, 2005 4:29 PM
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