When a seminar room full of former public servants – a United Nations secretary general, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, ... US Treasury secretary – combines forces with African business leaders such as Zimbabwe's Strive Masiyiwa and Côte d'Ivoire's Tidjane Thiam to sound alarm bells about the theft of Africa's natural resources, it is time to take notice.
?While the discovery of oil in some African countries may hold the key out of poverty, the opposite cannot be overlooked. "If you find yourself ... at the crossroads, it's your determination that can lead you to the case of Botswana or Ghana and not other worse oil scenarios in the world" says Professor Paul Collier, director of the International Growth Centre.?