Put in place policies to transform African economies — Prof. Austin

Professor Gareth Austin of the Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, has urged African governments to put in place policies that would ensure the transformation of their economies.

He explained that it behoves on leaders to relate those policies to those ones that were initiated but failed to make the needed impact on the social and economic development of the respective economies.

Prof Austin was speaking at a lecture organised by the Centre for African and International Studies of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

He was speaking on the topic, “Research in Ghanaian and African economic history: Recent trend”.

Prof Austin urged the World Bank and other international bodies not to under-estimate the power of African entrepreneurs and stated that they have the potential to expand with the adoption of right policies and approach.

He called for a change in the perception of African economies and called on people to take up the study of African economic history in order to influence policy and also champion the development of the African continent.

He predicted that African economies would in the near future grow at a level that would be comparable to that of Japan, China and other developed economies.

He therefore called on Africans to strategically position themselves in order to take advantage of the transformation that would be witnessed.

The Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies of UCC, Prof Stephen Kendie, in his remarks, appealed to people in authority to release the necessary resources needed for the social and economic transformation of the country.

He urged people in academia to take interest in the study of issues that would contribute significantly towards the development of the country.

The acting Director of the Centre for African and International Studies, Dr Wilson Yayoh in his remarks explained that the centre would be having a series of seminars that would touch on issues concerning the promotion of Africa and international diplomacy.

The centre, he said, would soon roll out Master of Arts (M.A.) programme in International Relations and other programmes.

From David O. Yarboi-

Tetteh, Cape Coast

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