By 2050 the population of Africa will grow by 1 Billion to reach overall 2 billion people. Taking into account almost 70% of the African population is below 25 years old it becomes clear that this continent is the “youngest” and could be viewed as the most promising in terms of its development in the world. Furthermore Africa is known to be very rich with mineral resources, it has lots of opportunities for renewable energy development, precision agriculture technologies can help in a way to solve food problems, industrialization and electrification can significantly boost the economies of all countries in Africa. While instead, as it was pointed out in our conversation with Christophe Yvetot, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Office) Head of the Representative Office to EU, the continent is suffering from migration problems, poor development, hunger, etc. In our interview Christophe Yvetot presents his vision of the current European and African migrants’ crisis solutions.
Continuing discussion of the industrial development of Africa we could not help but asking how the circular economy development could make contribution into this process . Christophe Yvetot thoroughly outlined why and how Africa can become the first continent on the globe that can implement a very distinctive from the rest of the world model of its’ industrial development. This model should help to avoid all those failures and negative consequences of industrialization which characterized the Western and South Asian models of development. He also elaborated the theme of European-African cooperation as mutually beneficial action which will help both continents to solve their internal and also world challenges of migration, environmental problems, population growth, etc.
In the interview with Christophe Yvetot one will find answers to the questions concerning refugee crisis and African development, possible contribution of circular economy into African growth and how the pilot projects, developed by UNIDO in Africa on circular economy can help Ethiopia become the cleanest industrial country in Africa.