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Mahlet Fasil

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda said they will send a stabilization and protection force to the troubled state of South Sudan as early as mid-April this year. At the end of the 25th extraordinary session of the IGAD assembly of Heads of State and Government, chief South Sudan mediator Amb. Seyoum Mesfin said, “we want to see the effective implementation of this mechanism at the earliest possible time.”

Carlos Lopes

The economic weight of Southern actors at the global level over the last two decades has been unprecedented in speed and scale. Whilst growth levels of western economies plummeted following the 2008-2009 financial crisis, developing economies continued to grow at high rates, largely driven by a variety of factors, including sound industrial policies and investments in human, physical and technological capacities. Countries of the South have been transforming their economic bases slowly but surely from large agrrian sectors to more diversified economies with large manufacturing and modern service sectors.