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In his opening remarks at the OECD Africa Forum in Paris on October 7, Angel Gurría – the organisation’s Secretary-General – cited a number of statistics which attest to “remarkable dynamism” in many African economies over the past decade. As one would expect from a realist, Gurría also flagged widening inequality, the “ticking time bomb” that is youth unemployment on the continent and the fact that – for all the economic growth – some 50% of the population is classified as living in extreme poverty.

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