Cheick Modibo Diarra: Africa has to rely on its own means
Attending the opening ceremony of the AfDB Economic Conference being held in Tunis (22-24 November 2006), the Microsoft Africa Chairman, Cheick Modibo Diarra, focused on human resources development on the continent.
He called for the development of infrastructure across the continent, adding that the global community was ready to assist development efforts in Africa.
He, however, advised that the continent which is naturally endowed should count on its own ability and resources, suggesting that external aid should only help to accelerate development efforts currently underway on the continent.
He regretted that there were no knowledge banks in Africa, adding that if the continent had to lay claim to the twenty-first century, then the right policy measures and decisions had to be taken.