When Ethiopia Meant Africa

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:39 Published in Commentary

Located far from Africa’s Atlantic shore, where international slavery flourished, Ethiopia did not play a part in this sad saga. Nevertheless, it has acquired a symbolic, religious and racial symbolism and has featured prominently in the collective thoughts and social practices of black people in the Americas. The term Ethiopia first travelled to the Americas on slave ships, in the hands of missionaries and the Holy Bible in its first official English version, the King James Version, published in 1611. In the Bible, Ethiopia represents a territory (Genesis 2:13), a race (Jeremiah 13:23), and a people chosen by God (Amos 9:7). The verse most often used to illustrate the prophetic destiny of Ethiopia is “Ethiopia shall stretch forth her hands unto God” (Psalm 68:31).

A Grand Vision

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:03 Published in Focus

Africa is at the threshold of a new era and a fitting vision set to help Africa navigate through the 21st century-Vision 2063 is in the offing.

The seeds for the 50 year plan to create a prosperous and peaceful Africa were planted during the 6th Annual Meeting of the Ministers of Economy, Finance and Economic Development meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, in March 2013. This plan also involved the African Development Bank and Economic Commission for Africa.

Africa Tailing Behind in Travel, Tourism Competitiveness

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:49 Published in Focus

Even with so many promising stories about Africa, it should come as no surprise to hear one about underachievement on the macro level. Africa still drags its feet when competing with the rest of the world. A report recently released by the World Economic Forum entitled- Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation- evaluated world economies’ travel and tourism competitiveness and revealed that many African countries are lagging behind, as always.

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