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BALEDZI GAOLATHE, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Botswana

April 4, 2005

Baledzi Gaolathe remains committed to privatisation and has the state telephone firm and banks in his sights.

POLYCARPE ABAH ABAH, Minister of Economy and Finance, Cameroon

April 4, 2005

Polycarpe Abah Abah knows that he will not enjoy the political capital of strong election results forever.

JOSEPH KABILA, President Democratic Republic of Congo

April 4, 2005

Joseph Kabila has the world community on his side with debt relief and sustained aidflows in the pipeline.

Optimistic engineer of Egypt’s fate

April 4, 2005

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif explains how reforms are shaking up the country, from customs and tax to the public sector.
The problem with technocrats in government is that they often lack the ability to communicate with the people. That is certainly not true of Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Nazif.

KWADWO BAAH WIREDU, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana

April 4, 2005

Kwadwo Baah Wiredu faces significant challenges to implement so-called ‘second generation’ reforms.

ANYANG NYONG'O, Minister of Planning and National Development, Kenya

April 4, 2005

Anyang Nyong’o is credited with behind-the-scenes manoeuvring to get ministers to support reform plans.

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA, Minister of Finance, Nigeria

April 4, 2005

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala seizes every opportunity to enthusiastically sell Nigeria’s reform story.

TREVOR MANUEL, Minister of Finance, South Africa

April 4, 2005

Successive presidents’ willingness to retain Trevor Manuel allowed time for harsh policies to bear fruit.

DONALD KABERUKA, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda

April 4, 2005

Donald Kaberuka’s supporters argue he is the ideal bridge between English and French-speaking Africa.

Building Africa

April 4, 2005

The policymakers of the African continent face some of the toughest challenges in the world today. James Eedes lists the eight most noteworthy figures who have worked to stabilise, reform and improve their respective economies.
UK chancellor Gordon Brown has emerged as champion of Africa’s cause, arguing for a better dispensation for the continent. UK prime minister Tony Blair is getting in on the act. And ageing rocker Bono of the band U2 is also a campaigner. In all this, it’s easy to overlook the fact that even with debt relief, more aid and fairer trade, Africans themselves have to implement the right policies, justify often tough measures to uneasy electorates and resist fierce opposition from reluctant or corrupt elites. It is a job requiring leadership, tenacity and political nous.