Tendai Biti to speak at Obasanjo Book Launch - Bulawayo News

The Book 'Making Africa Work' is therefore a timely intervention, a concerted effort to try and provide solutions for the African Continent.

13 September 2017 ·   2 min read

Tendai Biti to speak at Obasanjo Book Launch - Bulawayo News

People's Democratic Party President Tendai Biti will tomorrow speak at the launch of a book titled "Making Africa Work".

The book was co-authored by individuals who include former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Greg Mills who heads the Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg, Jeffrey Herbst an American political scientist and current President of the Newseum in Washington and Dickie Davis a former British army general and author who works with the Brenthurst Foundation.

The People's Democratic Party is glad to have a leader recognised the world over for the work he has done both at home and abroad.

He has been invited to many forums to provide thought leadership for the continent contrary to pseudo politicians who travel to New York on tax payers' money just to go shopping with their families under the guise of attending summits. President Biti's record speaks volumes, the PDP while grateful, is therefore not surprised by the invitation to speak at this important event.

During his time as Finance Minister, President Biti presided over an impressive economic resurgence in Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwean economy grew at an average of 7% per annum, in 2011; the economic growth rate was 11%, making it the fastest growing economy in the world. It is an achievement which earned him international recognition; he was named the best Finance Minister on the African Continent.

Since then Mr Biti has been a fixture at several economic platforms including delivering public lectures at international universities.

His work also includes spending time at the Center for Global Development writing papers and presenting on fragile states, debt management, re-engagement with international financial institutions and economic recovery.

Many African States are in debt or risk being in debt, many African states are drowning in fragility and some may suffer state failure.

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The Book "Making Africa Work" is therefore a timely intervention, a concerted effort to try and provide solutions for the African Continent.

President Biti wrote on the editorial review saying the book provides sufficient hardware for economic and political progress in Africa. It is a book that has been endorsed by many other African leaders including former President of Malawi Joyce Banda.

"I wish I had this handbook when I was president of Malawi. It not only offers convincing arguments on what to do, but practical examples and steps on how to get things done."

Renowned South African pressman Mondli Makhanya said of the book, "The go-to guide to informed choices for a better Africa."

Donald Kaberuka a renowned banker formerly the President of the African Development Bank also wrote, "Beyond the hype and clich├ęs, a blueprint for a prosperous Africa."

South African politician and Democratic Alliance President Mmusi Maimane, "At last, a book on how rather than what to do to improve the fortunes of Africa's people."

In the Holistic Program for Economic Transformation (HOPE) the PDP mentions the importance of regional and international integration. President Biti is committed to the establishment of a stable and sustainable Africa.

In 2016 Africa Centre for Strategic Studies held a gathering dubbed the Seminar for Senior Leaders, in a paper titled "Global Security Trends: Implications for Africa" presented at the forum, President Biti explained how problems in the region can affect the neighbours through spill over effects.

The article was originally published by Stephan Jakes on Bulaway24.com.

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