Linking the Tokyo international conference on African development with the EU

A recent publication from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Africa begins with the headline “this is an age of dramatic and exciting change for Africa, with a population boom underway and many countries experiencing rapid economic growth. The years of stagnation and decline are a thing of the past, and a youthful and vibrant Africa is looking to the future with a growing sense of optimism.”(1)

Which one is true? Perhaps the right answer lies between the two: pessimism and optimism. . . .

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