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Thanks for your comment, Dessalegn. I deliberately posted the figure to show how much of a stretch it will be. However, when I look at the progress made over the past decade and a half, I cannot but be impressed at how rapidly several African countries are closing the gap. For instance, Ghana will achieve the MDG on poverty. Malawi the same for child and maternal mortality. And Mauritania for girls' education. Furthermore, several countries, including Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and others, have started making rapid progress since 1995, so the problem is that there was very little progress until 1995 (so they started from further behind). These are the reasons why I believe that, if the rapid progress can be sustained, Africa can reach the MDGs if not by 2015, then soon thereafter.