The Asian Aspiration

Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia – and What It Should Avoid

Greg Mills

and

Olusegun Obasanjo

and

Emily van der Merwe

and

Hailemariam Desalegn



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The Asian Aspiration Paperback
July 2020£25.00
9781787384453336pp
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Description

In 1960, the  GDP  per  capita  of  Southeast  Asian  countries  was  nearly half of that of Africa. By 1986 the gap had closed and today the trend is reversed, with more than half of the world’s poorest now living in sub­ Saharan Africa.

Why has Asia developed while Africa lagged? The Asian Aspiration chronicles the stories of explosive growth and changing fortunes: the leaders, events and policy choices that lifted a billion people out of abject poverty within a single generation, the largest such shift in human history.

The relevance of Asia’s example comes as Africa is facing a population boom, which can either lead to crisis or prosperity, and as Asia is again transforming, this time out of  low-cost  manufacturing  into hi-tech, leaving a void that is Africa’s for the taking. Far from the optimistic determinism of ‘Africa Rising’, this book calls for unprecedented pragmatism in the pursuit  of African success.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: The Asian Aspiration

PART ONE: CASE STUDIES FROM ASIA

Chapter 1: Japan: The Power of Example and Innovation

Chapter 2: Taiwan: The Subcontractor

Chapter 3: Singapore: Have a Good Crisis

Chapter 4: South Korea: Incentivising Competitiveness

Chapter 5: The Philippines: Beware Elites

Chapter 6: Malaysia: Managing Diversity

Chapter 7: Indonesia: The Cost of Corruption, the Benefits of Growth

Chapter 8: Thailand: Closed Politics, Open Tourism

Chapter 9: China: Cats, Mice and Cement

Chapter 10: Vietnam: Making Better Development Choices

PART TWO: FIVE KEY LESSONS FOR SUCCESS FROM ASIA

Chapter 11: The Premium of Leadership and Institutions

Chapter 12: Don’t be a Prisoner of the Past

Chapter 13: Get the Basics Right for Growth

Chapter 14: Build and Integrate

Chapter 15: Open Up to Keep Control

CONCLUSION

What if Lee Kuan Yew was African?

‘Jambo Express’ 299

Notes 301

Index 321

Author

Greg Mills directs the Brenthurst Foundation. An adviser to several African presidents and to COMISAF in Afghanistan, he is the author of, among others, Why Africa is Poor: And What Africans Can Do About It and Why States Recover: Changing Walking Societies into Winning Nations, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Olusegun Obasanjo was president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 and chairperson of the African Union from 2004 to 2006.

Emily van der Merwe is an economist at The Brenthurst Foundation.

Hailemariam Desalegn was the prime minister of Ethiopia.