What we’re reading, 3 June 2019
Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.
AfCFTA is officially in force — now the real work begins
Business Day (South Africa) published an opinion piece on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The piece noted the significance of the new trade deal, stating that it will make Africa a more attractive investment destination. However, it stated that its implementation might be hindered by member states’ different trade regimes, which will have to be adapted to fit into the new framework. The piece concluded that the lack of rules-based governance and transparency in the continent could pose a challenge to AfCFTA’s success.
More women and young people in #RamaphosaCabinet
Independent Online (South Africa) reported that South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has announced his new cabinet, reducing its size from 36 to 28. Half of the country’s new national executive are women.
Figure of the week: Governance and economic growth in Africa
Research institute Brookings Institution (international) published an article on findings from the latest Global Economy Watch, a report on trends and issues affecting the global economy published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The piece emphasised how economic growth across Africa is linked to good governance. It highlighted that the continent’s fastest growing economy, Côte d’Ivoire, has seen large improvements in Overall Governance in the IIAG. It concluded by stating that improving governance would generate faster economic growth across Africa.