Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Great charts and data sources on Africa
The Washington Post has some great charts and breakdowns of the African Leaders Summit in D.C. They discuss who was invited and not invited and the political identification of the countries--democratic, autocratic.
What I would love to see, but have not found yet, is a similar set of maps and charts that talks about GDP, Market Capitalization, what do the capital markets look like, does a commodities market exist, real economic data for each of the attendee nations. That data is certainly available through the IMF, World Bank and World Federation of Exchanges. I would like to see it also in the Washington Post or better yet the LA Times!! LA, I love you, but you spend so much time looking at your navel. You really do.
People in the states very much want to talk about Ebola right now. I do not think that is bad for Africa. In a perverse way this has focused Americans, once again, on how connected we are--only a plane ride away.
The news reports and information regarding the Summit has actually been really good. I am finding new blogs and information sources. Rock on, Oooooobama! You go be a politician and create a legacy for yourself and the Democratic Party. Hopefully, there will be some collateral economic benefit for Africa from this political performance.