Friday, September 25, 2009

The View From Outside the G20

Of fifty-four countries in Africa, only South Africa is in the G20, but Tanzanian newspaper reporter Mobhare Matinyi says interest in G20 policies is intense across the continent because developing nations suffer the consequences of financial problems in the highly developed economies of Europe and the U.S. Tanzania's tourist industry, for example, with attractions like Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti Park, has been hit hard by the global economic downturn.

From the media room at the convention center Thursday, Matinyi offered a political and economic primer on Tanzania, which became independent in 1961. Uniquely in Africa, it has never had a civil war, a coup d'etat, or dictator.

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