5 African Countries That Can Serve as a Model for Nigeria's President-Elect
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News around Africa - March 22, 2023

Bola Tinubu: 5 African Countries That Can Serve as a Model for Nigeria’s President-Elect

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a prominent Nigerian politician and one of the most influential figures in Nigerian politics. Several African Countries have skyrocketed their economies through different strategies that Tinubu can emulate.

Nigeria is a vibrant country with diversity, and potential. Its rich culture and traditions, diverse populations, natural resources, and economic potential make it a great place to live, work, and visit.

However, as Nigeria prepares for swearing-in, in the next few months, there is a need for the incoming President to adopt policies and strategies that can help address the country’s challenges.

In this article, we will explore five African countries that can serve as a model for Nigeria’s President-elect, with a focus on their economy and policies that have led to their success. We will identify key lessons that can be applied to Nigeria’s economy.

Egypt – Diversified Economy

One of the largest economies in Africa, with a long history of civilisation and cultural richness is Egypt. Tinubu can model the country’s achievement in generating multiple streams of income. 

Nigeria is a country heavily dependent on oil revenues which makes diversification an urgent need. The country has enormous potential for economic growth due to its vast natural resources, large population, and strategic location. However, it has yet to realize its full potential due to its reliance on oil exports.

Egypt has taken steps to diversify its economy through focusing on sectors such as non-oil exports, agriculture, manufacturing, human capital development, and tourism. This in return has improved its business environment, encouraged foreign investment, and embraced technology. Its export base was diversified which attracted different foreign investments, thus leading to creation of jobs and sustainable economic growth.

The president-elect can learn from Egypt’s experience and implement similar policies and strategies to diversify its economy and promote sustainable economic growth. By focusing on strategic sectors, improving the business environment, attracting foreign investment, and so on. Nigeria can diversify its economy, create jobs, and boost economic growth.

South Africa – The Continent’s tech hub

One of the countries with the highest number of active tech hubs in Africa is South Africa. The country is seen as a potential tech hub on the continent with its significant strides in developing its tech industry.

South Africa has developed a favourable business environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. The country has a well-developed infrastructure, a strong regulatory framework, and a culture of innovation that supports the tech industry. They also encourage entrepreneurs and make the environment more favorable for tech start-ups. For example, they implemented tax incentives for businesses that are investing in research and development as well as capital investments into new technologies. These policies have encouraged many entrepreneurs to set up companies in South Africa. 

Tinubu can develop a suitable business environment to attract investors as well as the incorporation of a favourable regulatory body to encourage foreign and local entrepreneurs.

Also, South Africa has one of the most highly educated populations in all of Africa. The country has been an attractive destination for tech companies looking to hire top talent as over half of the adults in the country have received some type of higher education. 

By learning from South Africa’s success and strategies, Tinubu can develop the policies, infrastructure, and culture needed to make Nigeria become a tech hub in Africa.

Tunisia – Strongest Currency in Africa

Tunisia’s currency, the Tunisian Dinar, has been relatively stable compared to other African currencies including Nigeria. This success can be attributed to various factors such as a stable political environment, a diversified economy, and a sound monetary policy.

Nigeria, with a population of over 200 million people, can learn from Tunisia’s success in achieving a strong currency. Tinubu can help Nigeria, like Tunisia, benefit from political stability and diversify its economy beyond oil.

Nigeria is also currently Africa’s largest oil producer, but the country’s over-reliance on oil has contributed to the volatility of the Nigerian currency. However, Tinubu can promote other sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and services, to diversify NIgeria’s economy and reduce its dependence on oil.

Tinubu can also look into the political stability or environment of the country, which is the major determinant of confidence in investors. This can be achieved through transparent, fair elections, good governance, and the rule of law.

Also, a stable and strong currency can attract foreign investments, boost economic growth, and improve the standard living of its citizens. Through sound monetary policy that promotes price stability, reduces inflation, and supports economic growth, Tinubu can upscale the Nigerian currency.

Seychelles – Tourist Destination

Seychelles, a country in East Africa, has become a model for tourism in the whole of Africa. The country has invested heavily in its tourism infrastructure, building new airports, hotels, and resorts to create jobs and boost the economy. Moreover, it has also placed a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, attracting eco-tourists by promoting responsible tourism practices and protecting its natural environment.

One way Tinubu can boost the country’s economy is its tourist attractions. Nigeria’s tourism industry has significant potential for driving economic growth. The country boasts diverse cultural, historical, and natural attractions that could draw visitors from all over the world. Additionally, the country’s numerous wildlife reserves and national parks could serve as ecotourism hotspots. 

However, to fully tap into the potential of the tourism industry, Tinubu needs to develop Nigeria’s infrastructure and invest in marketing and promotion. By doing so, the country would not only increase foreign exchange earnings, create jobs, and stimulate economic growth, but also showcase the country’s unique culture and natural beauty to the world.

Morocco – Agricultural Powerhouse

Nigeria has vast agricultural resources that can transform its agricultural industry. Agriculture in Morocco employs about 40% of the nation’s workforce, which made it the largest employer in the country.

With a focus on innovation and technology, Morocco has increased its agricultural productivity and improved its food security. The country has also implemented advanced irrigation systems, expanded research and development, and promoted sustainable farming practices. Morocco produces enough food for domestic consumption with its high quality agricultural products usually exported to Europe. More than 40% of Morocco’s consumption of grains and flour is imported from the United States and France.

Tinubu can look into Nigeria’s vast agricultural resources, and benefit from Morocco’s example by adopting similar strategies and investing in the modernization of its agriculture sector. By doing so, Nigeria can increase its food production, reduce poverty, and stimulate economic growth.

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