Mahaman Achiro… (not verified)

June 24, 2022

Dear Marcello, Diego and David,

I found your analysis very interesting and I agree with your opinions. Indeed, for a country like Niger, one of the poorest (if not the poorest) according to the IDE classification and whose subsoil is full of important natural resources (Uranium, oil, gold, iron, …, etc.), the question of contracting the debt arises acutely.

I recently wrote an article to see the link between FDI entry and the exploitation of natural resources. I came to the conclusion that a very close link exists and that in the UEMOA space, Niger is the second in terms of FDI entry after the Ivory Coast through 50 years (1970-2020). This is alarming for a very poor country like Niger where more than 50% of the population is under 15 years old that the growth rate is one of the highest in the world, i.e. 3.8% with a fertility rate of 6.82 children per woman.