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Submitted by CAA on

Interesting article, but also a little worrying and thought provoking. As an African, at 60 yrs old, my grandfather had about 20 grandchildren. My father is about this age now with only 3 grandchildren and what is even more interesting is there are only about 10 great grandchildren for my grandfather. The question is, have we cashed in on the demographic dividend? I think not. Is there still time to do so? Perhaps, but African governments need to act fast.

While demographics are important, policies are equally important. For example, a large population of semi skilled and non skilled workers with very high wages, may make it hard to cash in on the demographics so to speak. Therefore a look at demographics should go hand in hand with several other important issues.