Six decades of nominal Independence (1960-2020): Time for African peoples to reclaim their economic and monetary sovereignty?
Speaker: Dr. Ndongo Samba Sylla, author, development economist and staff member in the West Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
who has ever heard of Bolloré? In Germany the name doesn’t speak for itself, but on the African continent the name is associated with an empire. The multinational Bolloré Africa Logistics Group is represented in about forty African countries. Either alone or in partnership with other companies, it controls 14 ports or 23 dry ports, and in some countries also the rail and road networks. Face to this omnipresence, it is important to remember the influence Bolloré exerts on governments, for example in the Gulf of Guinea: Bolloré is just one example of many other companies that determine the economic order in post-colonial Africa. Voices on the continent, that all question the “independence” of their respective countries, use companies as Bolloré as examples .They make it clear: the logic of the orientation of the economies on the African continent towards foreign beneficiaries has remained colonial – only the form has changed. „Rethinking Africa 2020“ aims to explore the questions of what is at stake in this perception in this second event of the series „60 Years of Independence. A Critical Review“. Are these differences in perception real, for example between Francophone and Anglophone countries on the continent? And what is needed to enable this continent to achieve the real independence desired by its social movements? On Thursday, November 5th at 6 p.m. (CET), the event series continues in which Dr. Ndongo Samba Sylla, author, development economist and staff member in the West Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, will give a lecture on the outlined questions above.
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