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Reviewing Africa’s Vulnerability

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Reviewing Africa’s Vulnerability

In a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the AfDB Economic Conference (Tunis, 22-24 November 2006), Professor Patrick Guillaumont of the French-based CERDI, focused on the continent’s economic vulnerability.

In his address: Economic Vulnerability, Still a Challenge for African Growth, Professor Guillaumont indicated that structural economic vulnerability was still high in Africa, adding that economic vulnerability was related to growth, poverty reduction and security.

He also highlighted the relationship between vulnerability and human capital, suggesting that structural vulnerability could lower human capital, and this could, in turn, be detrimental to economic growth.