The Pursuit of Independence in the 21st Century

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while in Zambia on Saturday, criticized China for its “new colonialism in Africa.” Yesterday, African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss plans that could result in a new independence.

The 20th century witnessed the African countries slowly breaking away from European colonialism through sometimes violent revolutions. It resulted in political independence. (At least it was independence from a foreign country, but internal struggles against local white minority rule persisted in some African countries.)

However, that political independence did not necessarily result in economic autonomy. African countries trade more with former colonial powers than amongst themselves. Intra-African trade stands at only 10 percent.
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About Dr. Sarita D. Jackson

is the President and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade, a think-tank/consulting firm that examines trade policies and their impact on domestic businesses. Prior to heading GRIIT, Dr. Jackson was a tenured associate professor of political science in North Carolina and worked as a trade policy consultant for an Arlington-based consulting firm. She has participated in trade policy projects and conducted research on free trade negotiations in Botswana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama. Dr. Jackson has also traveled to Chile and Argentina to study their political systems and economic integration policies.
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2 Responses to The Pursuit of Independence in the 21st Century

  1. DHJay says:

    The proposed GFTA for Southern and East African countries is definitely a step in the right direction for economic development, thereby increasing the standard of living in these areas. Economic autonomy for Eastern and Southern Africa is critical for their participation in the world economy for the 21st Century.

  2. Pingback: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit a Good Opportunity to Move African Free Trade Area Forward | International Trade Examiner

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