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This Is a Time for Optimism in Africa, Says World Bank Official

Challenging the status quo can make a difference for Africa

A common perception of Africa is that its economic and social problems are intractable. It is a perception that is not entirely unrealistic. But Gobind Nankani, vice president of the Africa Region of the World Bank, thinks that by challenging the status quo, Africa's economic woes can be solved. Toward that end, he says, Africa's international partners have an important role to play to make their promises achieve actions and results. Nankani offered his insights and strategies for a prosperous Africa on March 31 at the third annual African Economic Forum. The forum, "Challenging the Status Quo: New Approaches for Africa's Prosperity," was sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the SIPA Pan-African Network, Columbia Business School, Teachers College and the Mailman School of Public Health.

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson, dean, School of International and Public Affairs

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Gobind Nankani

Gobind Nankani, vice president, Africa Region, World Bank

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Production Number: 424
Shot: Mar 31, 2006
Published: May 12, 2006
Last modified:May 12, 2006