For Ghana, like other African countries, the Asian experience is instructive. There is a lot to be learnt, built on and challenged. It's about time the country became more than the six decade-long 'hope of Africa' poster child.
I recently attended a book review on the lessons that Africa could learn, and not learn, from Asia, and it was one of the most enthralling conversations I have been party to.
Sharing the room with the likes of ex-Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo, former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and potential future presidents from western and southern Africa, it was an intellectually stimulating couple of days filled with poignant ideas, friendly friction and, of course, diplomatic banter. That aside, this round table offered many insights on Asia's development experience. One of the most important being confronting the ill-suited use of the phrase "Asian miracle".
The experience of many of the Asian - particularly East Asian - countries, was no miracle. Calling it such is a bit of an underhanded insult because it was no coincidence or undeserving occurrence; their success was one underlined by sweat, tears and intentional hard work - serendipity maybe, but no miracle. While many issues were discussed,...