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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 19:22|
This post is part of our special coverage of International Relations and Security [en].
In recent years, large oil reserves have been discovered in various parts of Africa. If this "black gold" is an opportunity for economic growth, the fear that the boom may not benefit local people - and maybe even become a curse - is shared by citizens Sub-Saharan Africans and experts [on] by equal.
Taking the example of Ghana, said:
The adoption of the policy framework of local content in Ghana continued in 2010 [in], however, is still pending approval [in] parliament. The latter is now more urgent than ever, because job hunting is a concern for a growing number of citizens of Ghana.
In Uganda is doing the same movement towards the adoption of a local content policy, as explained on the website In2EastAfrica [in]:
In fact, avoiding the curse of oil is important for Uganda, especially if it helps prevent the appearance of other characters such as Joseph Kony . After all, oil was discovered in the northwest, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the epicenter of the 30-year conflict led by the head of the Lord's Resistance Army. It is expected that local content policy creates jobs for local people and out of the way of war.
Günther Schulze, professor of economics at the University of Freiburg, Germany, adds another perspective on the World Bank's blog [es]:
This post and its translations into Spanish, Arabic and French have been commissioned by the International Security Network (ISN) as part of an alliance to locate voices of citizens around the world on issues of international relations and security.
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