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Submitted by Tim Ward on
Dear Shanta: As you know, I'm a big fan (My first comment on your excellent blog!). Africa's rise gives the continent -and the world - the opportunity to leapfrog over the mistakes the BRICS made. They developed via consumption - including by fueling consumption in rich countries. Don't we wish the BRICS, these dynamic "engines of growth," were not contributing to climate change and spiking food prices? I hear Africans making the case that they should not worry about Climate Change and sustainability, because their needs are so great and so urgent, and they did not cause these problems to begin with. But wouldn't it be a big mistake to have the continent develop along a pathway that both BRICs and OEDC nations must abandon if we are to survive and thrive in the 21st Century? How is the Bank helping African's find a path to sustainable growth and prosperity? Tim Ward