29 Nov '11, 4am

Chocolate fuels the growth of a Nation.

Chocolate fuels the growth of a Nation.

A model displays an outfit made of chocolate during a fashion show for the opening night of the New York Chocolate Show on Nov 09, 2011 in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP VIENNA - As an African, my dream for the next decade is to see the continent producing and selling chocolate to 300 million Chinese, instead of exporting raw commodities like cocoa. Several weeks ago, at the China-Africa Symposium in Xiamen, China, I tested this vision on the audience, and the 2,000-plus delegates joined in resounding applause. Business and government leaders are evidently ready to see Africa introduce structural change aimed at creating manufacturing-based national economies. While many have touted Africa's success in maintaining a 5-6 per cent average GDP growth rate during the past decade, this masks the reality that by 2005, sub-Saharan Africa was little better off than it was a quarter-centu...

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