A book talking about the convergence of ideas, initiatives and vision pertaining to a vastly under-developed continent is a must-read for socioeconomics enthusiasts. It is why Jean Claude Bastos de Morais, a renowned African entrepreneur, announced French and Portuguese editions of the book The Convergence of Nations: Why Africa’s Time is Now.
The Convergence of Nations is a collection of essays from 30 African writers, compiled and authored by Jean Claude Bastos de Morais. It exposes the readers to Africa’s unexplored potential to securely grow with the help of globalization. The book is a junction of topics that ruffle the ideas on African politics, humanities, and economics. Africa’s future is mostly influenced by infrastructure development and financial capital, which Mr Bastos de Morais’ compilation picks up brilliantly.
This book was critically acclaimed by Dr Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development Bank, as “a realistic summary of all the big themes affecting Africa’s future”. It includes expert analyses from political economist, Kingsley Moghalu and African commentator, Razia Khan.
Jean Claude Bastos de Morais, who heads the Quantum Global Group, an investment management company based in Africa, wants to take the unaddressed issues of Africa to a wider audience, mostly to those residing in the African continent. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), an independent central banking think tank.
The introduction illuminates the author’s hope in Africa to reach its true potential. He says,” Africa’s outlook is more positive than it has been for 40 years”. There are a number of areas that African states can work on. The summation of these developments will project the African continent as a rapidly growing power in the coming years.
Financial banks helping with more liquidity, foreign capital inflow, technology experts & smart manufacturers driving intelligent projects are some of the examples of Africa’s positive attitude. The author adds, “With a pool of young talents, fertile land and abundant commodities, Africa is without a doubt poised to play a larger role in global business”.
Africa is in dire need of innovative and creative approaches. The African Innovation Foundation was founded by Jean Claude Bastos de Morais to materialize such approaches that African trendsetters need. The problem of corruption, which African governments are often associated with, has been broadly discussed in The Convergence of Nation. “African solutions to African problems” is the motto African authors weave in the book.
However, it is also important to learn lessons from more developed nations and studying their success stories to speed up the economic development and the fight against poverty. The book also makes a commendable effort to picture corruption’s losing grip on the African Nations. The Convergence of Nation might seem too small to cover the entire African continent.
Conversely, it provides a perfect general overview on a ton of topics affecting Africa’s socio-economic scene. A variety of opinions and facts have been presented in the book. Yet, the subject of infrastructure development is often brought up as it is the need of the hour for developing African countries.