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Africa On The Brink...Of An Economic Boom

LE JOURNAL DU MALI (Mali)

BAMAKO - Want to try and guess which part of the world has a projected growth rate of 6% for 2012? South Asia? South America? Wrong - It's Africa!

"Africa is on the brink of a major transformation," declares Elsie Kanza, World Economic Forum director for Africa.

So long associated only with misery and economic hopelessness, Africa is home to six of the world's 10 fastest growing economies, including Angola and the Republic of Congo.

The 22nd World Economic Forum gathering opens in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Wednesday, with an unprecedented sense of optimism about the continent's economic potential. This year's theme is "Shaping Africa's Transformation" and will address three themes: Strengthening Africa's Leadership, Accelerating Investment in Frontier Markets and Scaling Innovation for Shared Opportunities.

"Experts, businessmen and regional opinion leaders will meet to discuss their experiences and ideas on how to transform Africa, how to bring change to a continent whose population is close to a billion people," reports the Journal du Mali. "African nations need to concentrate on developing investments in key sectors of the economy, frontier markets such as agriculture and energy."

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

Photo of a sunset over the USS Nimitz with a man guiding fighter jets ready for takeoff

U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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