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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Irish Book Explores Exploitation of Africa’s Reserves

The impact of famine on the people of Africa has been brought to our attention once again in recent weeks. The continent, however, also boasts seven of the world’s top 10 fastest growing economies over the past decade.

This dramatic growth has, unfortunately, been paid for by the sale of Africa's rich mineral resources, and not necessarily for the best price. A new book entitled 'The New Scramble for Africa' by Dr Pádraig Carmody, which was launched this month by Dr Mary Robinson in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), highlights this and other facts relating to the race to secure Africa's natural resources at the lowest possible price.

Dr Carmody, a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Natural Sciences at TCD, explores the growing exploitation of African resources by Chinese and western agents. The Epoch Times spoke to the author to find out about the dynamics of the scramble.

One of the most obvious things that Dr Carmody noticed while researching his book over the past decade was the rapid economic growth of certain countries in Africa.

“This is a big change from the 1980s and early 1990s, when you had negative economic growth per head in a lot of African countries,” said Dr Carmody. (more)