Africa now the world’s second fastest economyJan 23, 2013
It is timely that I am writing this review the same month as Africa Travel Magazine launches the most important, in-depth, photo-illustrated series of editions and supplements in its 12 year history as worldwide voice of the Africa Travel Association. Our topic is "The Great Cities of Africa: Capitals of Culture and Gateways to Sustainable Tourism." Many of our conclusions are in line with what author David Fick has discovered and relates to in his outstanding 500-page book, Africa: Continent of Economic Opportunity. Mr. Fick states the key elements of his presentation as follows:
"Africa: Continent of Economic Opportunity is meant to tell the story of people and their communities that are successful in developing Africa. It is meant to get across the idea that all ethnic groups native (Africans, Europeans, Arabs, Asians and Americans) can be successful in Africa, which like the Americas, welcomes immigrants and prospers through their efforts. All citizens of Africa will benefit and all can become successful in Africa if they have the imagination, education and persistence. It also will tell how these people give back to the communities that they live in. It will advocate that African countries do more business with each other by means of regional groupings."
How precisely on
target the preceding statement is! Each case history
throughout the book is backed by positive, achievable
results by numerous successful entrepreneurs and
enterprises. We saw dozens of individual and family operated
businesses - from carvers and kente cloth weavers to
furniture makers and palm oil producers - in mile after mile
of roadside commerce during our most recent tour of Ghana,
and have had similar experiences throughout the continent.
These hands-on efforts are creating jobs in 53 African
countries, with the end result of improving the quality of
life in hundreds of communities.
Table of Contents:
I. African Continent
1. Economic and Political Policies
2. Challenges and Opportunities
II. West Africa
5. The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde.
III. Southern Africa
6. Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland
7. Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe
8. South Africa: Mining, Agriculture, Construction, Transport and Tourism
9. South Africa: Business, Manufacturing, African Arts & Crafts, Health, Education, and Media
10. South Africa: Investors, Bankers and Exchanges
IV. East Africa
11. Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia
V. Central Africa
15. Congo, Gabon, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, and
São Tomé and Principé
16. DRCongo, Rwanda, and Burundi
17. Angola, Zambia, and Malawi
VI. North Africa
18. Egypt and Sudan
19. Arab Maghreb Union: Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya
VII. Africa's Future
20. Commentary and Conclusions
This information was from David Fick, author of books concerning successful entrepreneurs creating jobs in Africa and improving the quality of life in their African communities:
Entrepreneurship in Africa, A Study of Successes (Quorum Books, March 2002)
Africa: Continent of Economic Opportunity (STE Publishers, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 2006
African Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century (being researched for 2008 publication).
For delivery in the United States at US$65 total by check, shipping included, please contact the author, David S. Fick. Address: 8012 West 114 Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas, 66210-1819, United States,Tel: 913 451 5850, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Book Description on Website: www.ste.co.za.
For delivery in Africa or Europe please contact publisher email@example.com
The above book cover art is a reproduction of an original batik painting titled "African Connection" by Nuwa Nnyanzi of Uganda (www.nnyanziart.com)
CURRENCIES IN AFRICA
by Anouk Zijlma
Most African countries have their own national currency. Find out below what money is used in individual African countries, along with links to currency converters and tips on the best currency to bring with you when you travel. Exchange rates for many African currencies are somewhat volatile, so it's usually best to wait until you arrive before you exchange your foreign cash into local money. In countries that are very unstable economically, the US Dollar can sometimes be used more effectively than local money. Every international airport in Africa has exchange rate facilities, but rates are often better in town, so don't exchange all your money in one go. It's very handy to download a currency converter app before you go too.
In general you are best off with US Dollars and a Visa/MC Card along with a debit card if it has a Visa or Mastercard symbol on it. In countries like Egypt, Morocco and South Africa you will find ATM machines in all major cities. In less visited countries, ATM machines are only found in the largest cities or tourist hubs like Arusha in Tanzania. Credit cards are not very useful outside major cities in most countries in Africa, other than in luxury hotels. Read more about: Money and Traveling in Africa.