The Asian Tigers, as well as China, Ethiopia and Rwanda, support the view that autocracies grow more rapidly than democracies – but often lack the leadership renewal that regular free and and fair elections bring about
The West African nations in the CFA zone are required to deposit 50% of their foreign exchange reserves in a special French Treasury “operating account”. At one point it was 100%!
The lease on the only permanent US military base in Africa, Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is $63M a year. China, building its own facility at the other end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, gets a bargain at $20M
Jammeh could be raising the stakes, to get an ECOWAS-guarantee of safety, and even immunity, as part of his severance package
The combination of improved life expectancy, greater political stability, and the shift toward presidency-for-life, means that as Africa becomes the world’s youngest continent, it will also have some of its oldest leaders