Challenges in East Africa

Africa's oil and gas map is changing. Can countries there with potentially lucrative supplies avoid the so-called "resource curse?" That, essentially, was the overriding question at "East Africa's Oil & Gas Boom—Promise or Peril?", a day-long conference Feb. 20 at the Brookings Institution. Experts who spoke there generally agreed that new approaches will be needed. They suggested the goal should be to involve, and benefit, more people at the local level over a longer period in broader constructive economic development. "If we look back a short time, Africa's resources were dominated by Nigeria," said Ambassador Carlos Pascual, special envoy and coordinat...

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