Kamil Idris’ Hypothesis on the Future of the African Continent

Professor Kamil Idris postulates that the African continent is on the verge of impressive growth within the next few decades going by the new market trends that have taken shape over the years. One of his supporting argument is the fact that majority of the African population consists of young people, unlike the aging populations of the rest of the world. Hence, the African labor will be more productive in a few years. There is also increased urbanization, a shift from the agrarian system. Urbanization is said to be more productive and it is only a matter of time before Africa sees a complete shift in its position among the world economic plays. The fact that technology absorption is increasing in Africa, and the fact that it helps level the playing field for trade and opportunities, professor Kamil Idris clams this is opening up new fronts that would otherwise be impossible with the older generation.

There are some challenges like low GDP per capita in Sub Saharan Africa as compared t the North. This may be countered by the high GDP growth rate of sub-Saharan Africa compared to the north. Political instability has hampered some countries too and there is little intra-Africa trade happening. When the nations open up their borders as they are doing, and the foreign direct investment continue, Africa will continuously develop over time.

Professor Kamil Idris is a Sudanese citizen who has held the position of the Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (1994-1997) and the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties (since 1997). He has also been a director, Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Arab countries between 1990-1992. He has also served as Senior Programs Officer in the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Africa between 1982-1985.

Professor Kamil has a Doctorate degree in International Law (Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva Switzerland) Master’s degree in International Law and International Affairs (The University of Ohio USA), Bachelor of Law (University of Khartoum), Bachelor of Arts Philosophy, Political Science and Economic Theories (University of Cairo Egypt).

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