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Engaging with contemporary Africa: Key contexts for external actors

Okumu, F.W. and Makinda, S.M. (2013) Engaging with contemporary Africa: Key contexts for external actors. In: Mickler, D. and Lyons, T., (eds.) New Engagement: Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy Towards Africa. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 17-33.

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Australia is optimistic about Africa and its prospects and we see immense opportunities on the continent. The African economy is growing quickly – at an average rate of 5.7 per cent over the past decade and forecast to grow at 7 per cent per annum over the next 20 years. The African population is young with a medium age of 20 years – compared to 30 in Asia and 40 in Europe. It is urbanising rapidly, with a growing middle class. Africa is rich in arable land, mineral reserves and energy deposits.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
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