West’s exploitation of Africa fueling poverty in the continent
Africa, with its abundant natural and mineral resources, as well as vast human capital, still suffers from poverty, mainly as a result of the West’s exploitation of the continent and the corrupt governments in Africa.
The exploitation of Africa by the Western world since 1500 made a dramatic contribution to the building of the economies of North America and Europe.
Africa's corrupt governments have also been instruments at the hands of international Western bodies like IMF and World Bank to exploit the natural resources at the expense of inhabitants of the continent.
Neocolonialism has continued in various forms by Western countries, but has taken a different shape from previous colonial methods of direct military and political control.
In fact, Western powers continue to pursue imperial policies in various guises to maintain their economic dominance around the world, and Africa has always been the focus of Western attention.
The African continent, which has long been a victim of Western colonialism and expansionist policies, has become the battleground of new doctrines of influence, with France at the forefront of the confrontation.
France gained control of vast swaths of the continent – mainly by seizing most of western Africa – in the competitive conquest of the continent launched by European powers from the 17th century.
Paris is seeking to to boost its image in Africa by providing financial grants and sending so-called aid workers, while China has mainly focused on lending.
France has shifted away from past imperial policies and has sought to increase funding to nations in Sub-Saharan Africa as new to exploit that region and regain its influence on the continent.
Africa’s booming economies and population have created lucrative opportunities for international players, making the continent a hotbed of geopolitical competition over the past decade.