Monday, January 5, 2009

Putting the horse before the cart

Like Europe did and other societies in Asia have done recently, Africa must, therefore, metamorphose socially, economically and technologically from a pre-industrial, sometimes feudal, society into a middle class, skilled working class society. Period. Meeting all the [Millennium Development Goals] is a consequence of this metamorphosis.

You cannot maintain a pre-industrial society and, then, somehow, meet these MDGs... This means that Africa must industrialise, develop modern services sector and commercialise agriculture. The MDGs are consequences of these. They are not precursors or autonomous phenomena to these.
--Yoweri Musevini, President of Uganda, on the impossibility of a prosperous Africa without industrialization. [HT: Chris Blattman]

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