Lessons from Asia's successes and failures | Ghana faltering COVID-19 response

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020


Economic development is not easy; the formula for success cannot be bought off the shelf. If it were, more countries would be developed. There are lessons to be learnt, though, from countries that have succeeded and those that have failed. Mills Soko reviews a recent book, The Asian Aspiration – Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia, in which the authors chronicle Asia’s success stories and draw lessons that African political leaders should take to heart. The book also diagnoses what afflicts African countries and provides possible solutions.

Ghana was one of the first African countries to enforce tough restrictions in an effort to suppress the spread of COVID-19. It was part of a multi-pronged strategy that received widespread acclaim for its effectiveness and pragmatism. But praise has turned to opprobrium as the pandemic has spread to give Ghana one of the highest case counts in Africa. Nana Kofi Quakyi explains what accounts for the turnaround.

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