2006 State of Africa Report

APARC_Report Front Cover2006The 2006 State of Africa Report was released February 21, 2007 at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Highlights From The African Leaders’ State of Africa Report 2006

Governance Highlights

Botswana

The consistently high rankings that we have been awarded
by credible and internationally acclaimed institutions, such as Transparency International, World Economic Forum, Heritage Foundation, The World Bank, and many others, have confirmed [Botswana’s] credentials as a democratic country.

Cape Verde

Cape Verdeans have experienced significant progress in all spheres of our national lives … The interest of foreign investors in our country has grown; therefore, those Cape Verdeans who left their nation are now, more than ever, deeply involved in the process of strengthening our national development.

Mauritius

We view positively the visit jointly organized by the governments of Mauritius and of the United Kingdom in April this year, to enable the former inhabitants of the Chagos to visit the Archipelago for the first time since their displacement, and to pay respect at their relatives’ graves.

South Africa

The results obtained by Gallup International have been confirmed by a
recent domestic poll conducted by Markinor. According to this poll, 65 percent of [South Africans] believe that the country is going in the right direction. 84 percent think that our country holds out a happy future for all racial groups. 71 percent believe that government is performing well.

Tanzania

[The] 2005 General Elections … earned [Tanzania] great respect as a country. … We will do our best to improve inter-party dialogue and cooperation. We guarantee each party the right to develop and propagate its policies.

Economic Highlights

Botswana

On the economic front, [Botswana] has graduated from one of the twenty-five poorest countries at independence, to the middle income bracket. Between 1966 and 2004, real Gross Domestic Product growth rate averaged 9.8 percent, largely on account of the discovery of minerals and prudent economic management.

Cape Verde

The time of cheap oil is over. It is crucial to promote alternative sources of energy, and to foster more saving and efficient policies [if Cape Verde is to prosper].

Mauritius

[To] compete in the 21st Century knowledge-based global economy, each and every [student in Mauritius] must aspire to master Information and Communication Technology skills. Providing such skills [training] is a high priority of my Government.

South Africa

With regard to the economy … the Grant Thornton International Business Owners Survey reported that 80 percent of South Africa’s business owners are optimistic about the year ahead, making them the third most optimistic internationally. … [The] First National Bank and the Bureau for Economic Research reported that the consumer confidence index is at its highest in 25 years.

Tanzania

Good governance demands that government delivers on its responsibilities in a market economy. For that reason, [Tanzania’s] Fourth Phase Government will implement the following tasks: continuing to improve the investment climate, for both domestic and foreign investors; improving on government policies to facilitate economic growth; strengthening our capacity to resolve business conflicts and disputes; strengthening the rule of law; strengthening the regulatory framework, including the enforcement of quality standards for goods and services; improving the fiscal policies to encourage investment and production.