MENA’s Francophones and Anglophones !

We have published this beautiful article on 13 January 2015 in the Forums section of this website and under the title of  “Africa: why Francophones are lagging behind Anglophones; is it the case within the MENA region?”

A summary of that article is :

Lack of infrastructure, a poor corporate culture and bad governance.  French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are, in recent years, lagging behind their English-speaking neighbours.

The CFA franc is the common currency among French-speaking countries in both West and Central Africa.

French-speaking SSA is lagging behind English-speaking Africa, even without the weight of South Africa.  Whilst languor has spread its tentacles from Dakar through Yaoundé to Kinshasa, inciting people to dream of emigration, life is beaming with vigour from Accra through Lagos to Nairobi, with flourishing projects and business deals only a computer mouse click or phone call away.

To measure this economic divide calls for the need to eliminate the two prevalent ills that bridge the continental divide: corruption and ethnic conflicts.  With the exception of Zimbabwe, where the economic follies of Mugabe’s government unleashed an inflation rate of more 200,000,000 percent some two years ago, a look at the overall figures brings some surprising results to the fore.

French-speaking countries account for only 19 percent of SSA’s average GDP whilst English-speaking countries boast of 47 percent (excluding South Africa).

The battle is not yet lost for French-speaking Africans, as long as their governments, banks, teachers and elites understand the dynamics of openness and modernity.

Read the original article on www.theafricareport.com : Africa: Why Francophones are lagging behind Anglophones | News & Analysis

On the same subject here and in an another article of the Nairaland.com  http://www.nairaland.com/1826486/performance-gap-between-francophones-anglophones , the question of the rift between Anglophone Africa and the Francophone Africa is a delicate one and in need to be addressed.

The discussion falls into two main camps.  One group of commentators, including Niall Ferguson argue that the British as colonialists spread free markets, rule of law and in due course, democracy. Alain Faujas posits “lack of infrastructure, a poor corporate culture and bad governance are among the reasons French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are, in recent years, lagging behind their English-speaking neighbours.”

Alternative factors that may explain the gap in anything other than colonial legacy, are other factors influencing the success of countries.  Overall, it is argued, while there are always exceptions, countries that are coastal, large, stable, and those that have natural resources and sound macroeconomic policies countries that are doing well are:

  • Coastal countries
  • Well-endowed with natural resources
  • With a relatively big population
  • Politically stable and with no violent conflict (civil war)
  • Sound macroeconomic policies
  • Investing in agriculture & infrastructure

For further reading on the subject, please go to : http://thisnewafrica.com/2013/03/performance-gap-between-francophones-and-anglophones-whos-to-blame/

Our concern here is as stated in the title of this article: i.e. could be a situation such that of africa be plausible within the MENA region and if this the case, what are all implications on each country.

 

 

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