Being the second densely populated continent in the world, Africa has a population of over 1.2 billion and that means it is a gem lying waiting for its time for it to manifest. It is even quite amazing that Africa is a major supplier of natural resources. As a matter of fact, it provides 85% of platinum globally and 54% of gold comes from the continent. That’s a great indication that how the African economy behaves has a direct effect on the planet’s economy. As more opportunities are being discovered within the continent, many are shaking the dust of poverty. According to professor Kamil Idris, the global economy can be predicted on the direction it will take just by looking at the economic development of Africa.
Basically, Africa consists of two parts. North Africa is considered better up compared to the Sub Saharan Africa. Despite the awesome growth that ought to be happening on this continent, there have been various setbacks that are slowing the required growth. Some of the issues include political instability and absence of intra-regional trade among its members among others. Nevertheless, this is about to change as many corridors have been opened for a trade where SADC of South Africa, ECWAS of West Africa and EAC of East Africa have opened doors for each other to trade.
According to Kamil Idris, despite Africa having these few obstacles, the future of the continent is bright having in mind that it still has the highest working-age population across the globe. Besides, more countries are becoming more modernized and of course, more emphasis is placed on creating free trade area in the continent being referred to as CFTA. There is a very great hope for Africa.
Professor Kamil Idris has served at WIPO as the Director-General more than a decade from 1997 to 2008. He was born in East Africa in Sudan that’s he believes his continent is up to great transformation. He studied at Khartoum University, Cairo University, Ohio University and the University of Geneva. He studied Law, BA in Philosophy & Political Science, Master in International Law (I.L.) & Affairs, and Doctorate in I.L. respectively. He is remembered for donating his entire salary to UPOV when serving as the S.G. at WIPO.