2012 State of Africa Report

The 2012 State of Africa Report was released in the Spring of 2013.

Highlights From Each Country:

Ghana: His Excellency John Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana

“Whether it involves making their voices heard by offering input as to how to improve our educational system so that it is more responsive to the needs of students and more effective in teaching the information and skills necessary for our graduates to compete with their peers across the globe; or whether it involves being engaged in acts of social responsibility such as ensuring that the environment in our communities are conducive for human habitation. Our young men and women can each, in their own way, become active partners in the creation of a better nation.”

“The reason we have always been exemplary in our expression of peace and tolerance is because we Ghanaians have always been aware that standing united is not the same as standing unanimously.”

Malawi: Her Excellency Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi

Upon assuming office, I immediately put in place an economic recovery programme to restore macroeconomic stability in the country, so that we not only address our immediate macroeconomic issues but also secure Malawi’s ability to meet the MDG targets. Mr. President, I would like to share that we are certain we will be able to achieve five of the eight MDGs by 2015.”

“We will facilitate this partnership by making changes that improve the business climate. My cabinet has identified three specific projects within each priority sector and translated these specifics into an implementation plan for the next two years. These projects range from the completion of essential roads and rail lines to setting up alternative energy sources and undertaking business climate reform to attract investment into agro-processing, and mining. These will set our country on a path of fulfilling its full potential.”

“The people of Malawi have made a decisive choice: They have chosen democracy, they have chosen peace, and they have chosen to work together to realize their destiny.”

Mauritius: His Excellency Dr. the Hon. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius

“We are expecting a growth rate of about 3.2 per­cent for 2012, and have seen inflation brought down by 2.3 percentage points to 4.3 percent. These outcomes are due to the bold reforms we have implemented, together with the sound fis­cal and monetary fundamentals we have pursued, that have together increased the economy’s resilience. The 2012 International Monetary Fund Article IV report for Mauritius confirmed the good performance of the economy with stability-orient­ed macroeconomic policies.”

“One of the priorities of the government, in its bid to attract more foreign direct investment, has been to ensure a favourable business regula­tory environment that provides a conducive and attractive climate to foreign investors. The World Bank has, in its Doing Business 2012 report, again ranked Mauritius number one in Sub-Saharan Africa and twenty-third in the world. Our engagement with the region to seek deep­er integration, in an effort to broaden the market base of Mauritius, is also contributing to the long-term sustainability of economic development. Mauritius is committed to implementing common regional policies, which facilitate exchanges and promote cooperation on a wide array of matters.”

“Mauritius has, since independence, recorded significant economic and social achievements. It is now classified as an upper middle-income country by the World Bank. The objective now is to embark on a new phase of economic growth and focus on becoming a high-income nation.”

Mozambique: His Excellency Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique

“Mozambique is on schedule to produce 4 million tons of coal this year. This amount is still very far from the 50 million tons that we hope to reach in the medium term. The great promise of progress that will be able to catapult the Mozambican economy to new heights, levels which bring the realization of our collective goal of substantially improving the living conditions of our very special People, can be achieved by reaching the projected levels of extraction, processing, transport, handling, and export of coal. Using the same comparison as mentioned previously, the identification of a plot of land for the production of food does not in itself make this food available.”

“One of the sectors that has priority for the redistribution of resources is the Health Care sector, in which, as a result of our interventions, we have seen significant progress in the reduction of mortality among children under one year of age. In 2003 the figure was 124 deaths per 1,000 live births, and by 2011 it had decreased to 64. Mortality among children under 5 years of age was reduced from 178 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2003 to 97 in 2011.”

Namibia: His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia

“Public expenditure was significantly expanded to support domestic demand and reinforce job creation. (…) Also, out public dent position did not worsen, thanks to the strong pre-crisis financial position of our government.”

“In these times of economic uncertainty, we shall continue to safeguard macro-economic stability by ensuring that our fiscal operations remain sustainable. Related to these reforms is our drive to strengthen our industrial policy environment to serve as a catalyst for more robust economic growth and job creation, and the economic empowerment of more Namibians. Towards this end, a comprehensive industrial policy for Namibia has been finalized.”

“I expressed my determination to fight corruption. I invited the Namibian people to join me in this fight. This is because I believe that we can build a prosperous Namibia on the bedrock of honesty, transparency, and accountability. These are the values that should guide our actions at all times. In the same year, our government operationalised the Anti-Corruption Act of 2003. The Anti-Corruption Commission was established one year later, in 2006. The commission is charged with the task of rooting out the evil of corruption from our society…Moreover, in order to underscore our resolve, we amended the Namibian Constitution to make the Anti-Corruption Commission an independent constitutional body. Today, the commission is a constitutional body that is truly independent.”

Nigeria: His Excellency Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“Nigeria has become the preferred destination for investment in Africa. It is ranked first in the top five host economies for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa, accounting for over twenty percent of total FDI flows into the continent.”

“Particularly in the last two years, the Nigerian economy has done appreciably well, despite the global financial crisis. Nigeria’s real gross domestic product (GDP) has grown by 7.1 percent on average…It is also significant that the GDP growth has been driven largely by the non-oil sector. In pursuance of the main goals of the Transformation Agenda, a number of reforms and initiatives are being pursued in key sectors of the economy with a view to consolidating the gains of the economic growth.”

“We have achieved a twenty-four-hour timeline for registration of new businesses, leading to the registration of close to 7,000 companies within the second quarter of 2012.”

South Africa: His Excellency Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa

“On economic transformation, we are amending the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The amendments, amongst other things, establish a statutory Commission that would deal with non-compliance and circumvention.”

“This State of the Nation Address takes place during a significant year in the history of our country, the centenary of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC). In marking this occasion, we are recognizing the work of all South Africans in bringing about a truly free, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, and prosperous country.”

“The crime statistics for the period 2010/2011 indicate that our country witnessed a decline of 5 percent in the number of reported serious crimes compared to the previous year. We will however, not become complacent. We are continuing to implement our programmes of making South Africans to feel safe and to be safe”

“Our intensive focus on education is paying off. We are pleased that the matric percentage pass is on an upward trend. We congratulate the teachers, learners, parents, and the communities for the efforts. We will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages…over 8 million learners attend no-fee schools while over 8 million benefit from government’s school feeding scheme”

“During the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, we resolved that the South African legacy would be to promote universal access to education. School attendance in the country is now close to 100 percent for the compulsory band, 7-15 years of age.”