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Africa ‘ready for industrialisation drive’

first_img17 February 2012A major industrialisation drive across Africa is needed for the continent to transform its current growth spurt into sustained social and economic development, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told the South Africa-Turkey Business Forum in Istanbul on Thursday.Davies said that a general improvement in economic governance across Africa underpinned the growth spurt the continent was experiencing. “However, the challenge facing Africa is to transform that growth spurt into a sustained effort and development.The business forum included break-away sessions and business-to-business meetings between South African and Turkish business people.Africa ‘can’t grow on raw material exports alone’Davies told the meeting that Africa could not continue to grow simply on the basis of the supply of raw materials to fuel industrialisation processes taking place elsewhere.He stressed that in order to address this, the continent had to engage “in a series of exciting ventures to boost and expand regional integration”.According to the minister, lack of infrastructure as well as the lack of productive capacity were the biggest barriers to inter-regional trade in Africa.“To overcome this, we need to promote a significant industrialisation effort across the continent.”SA, Turkey trade ‘well below potential’Davies told the forum that bilateral relations between South Africa and Turkey were currently well below their potential.In 2009, trade between South Africa and Turkey decreased significantly, mainly due to the global economic crisis.In total, trade decreased from R10.6-billion in 2008 to R5.1-billion in 2009 and further to R4.9-billion in 2010, after an upward trend from 2006 to 2008.“The trade decrease is of concern, but there is certainly room to grow the volume of two-way trade and investment, create a more diversified balance of SA exports, a greater proportion of beneficiated and higher value goods and services in our export basket to Turkey.”Later on Thursday, Davies was due to co-chair the second session of the Turkey-South Africa Joint Economic Commission, which promotes trade, investment and economic co-operation between the two countries.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Egypt’s Facebook Police Target Protesters Facebook Page

first_imgIn an earlier post, our French editor, Fabrice Epelboin, detailed his discovery that the crew that had harassed our French edition‘s Facebook page, was in fact a squad of Tunisian Internet cops. These days, official groups and allied militia, frequently attack dissidents. It has now happened in Egypt. The most important Facebook page for the protests is being flooded with abusive comments and criticism. In September, we wrote about the creation and activity of the Egyptian government’s Facebook cops. They were created because Egypt’s young people have frequently used Facebook as an organizing and informational tool. The 6th of April Youth Movement grew on Facebook and the current uprising was organized in part by the We Are Khaled Said Facebook page. As Evgeny Morozov points out in his new book The Net Delusion (review upcoming) tyrannical regimes – well any regime actually – have come to utilize social media as a tool of oppression as much as the oppressed use it as a tool for liberty. Egypt is no exception to this rule. In fact, one wonders if the Egyptian government turned the Internet back on specifically to allow its online security forces to operate. The “Facebook cops” have targeted the We Are Khaled Said page – one of the best resources for information on the protests. It has both an Arabic and an English version, giving it tremendous reach inside and outside the country. Most of the trolling has happened on the Arabic version. It is, I admit, surmise that this special security department is behind the flooding of the page with filth, violent comments and faux hand-wringing. But it seems pretty likely. No doubt the online version of the “militia” types that Tahrir Square has seen beating protesters and journalists are among the commenters. Wired listed these as some of the comments, a lot of which come from accounts with virtually no personal information. “God forgive (the administrator, probably) he spread fitna [division] and wants to burn the country, God is my refuge. We are all against him. Send it to each other so we can rid ourselves of him and his poisons.”“This motherfucking group wants to ruin the country.”“You ruined Egypt you dogs and enemies of Egypt. All your lives you have felt inadequate when compared to us… Egypt is above you all and that is God’s promise. Long live Pharaonic Egypt.”Facebook Should Stand with the Protesters and Against the Facebook CopsDespite the fact that dissidents and concerned citizens in general in a host of countries, many in North Africa, have used Facebook as a way to register their hopes, fears, hurt and anger at their leaders, Facebook itself has remained unmoved. In another life, I suggested that Facebook has a responsibility to its users, those who put that “cool” billion dollars in their pockets, to stand with them. By this I do not mean that Facebook, a private company, should take partisan political stances or that it should even take sides in a conflict like that which happened in Tunisia or is currently working itself out in Egypt. If I owned such a company I would do no such thing. But taking a stand on behalf of its users to say that they should be free to speak to each other, to speak their conscience, to speak their loves and sorrows, without winding up on the wrong end of a hose or a lead pipe or broken broom handle or even just a locked door is not a “political” stance, it is a human one, just as free speech itself is not a cultural or political right, but a human one. Facebook has a tremendously loud voice. It could make a world of difference. Let Mr. Zuckerberg stand up and say, “We stand with our users. We insist that the marketplace of ideas be allowed to work with as little interference as the financial marketplace in which Facebook makes its money.” What would such a stance cost Facebook? Money? I think not. As intelligent as Mr. Zuckerberg is, he is young. When a cadre of severe attorneys who look like your mom and dad tell you to quiet down or you’ll ruin everything, perhaps your knees bend from sheer sense-memory. But Mr. Zuckerberg is a grown-up now; a very wealthy, very influential grown up. Should he get up off his knees it could give a second wind to those who seek merely to speak without paying the ultimate price. Tags:#international#politics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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