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Keeping Africa on track for the 21st century

Whether it can develop like Asia hangs on how it taps its biggest resource - its young population.

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Change is palpable in what was once declared "a hopeless continent". Several nations have held competitive elections and reformed policies to make these new nations more business-friendly. Still more needs to be done in education and infrastructure.

New Haven, Connecticut

AFRICA's emergence as an economic force is no longer an expression of hope or just a matter of faith. So much has changed since March 2000, when The Economist declared Africa "a hopeless continent". By December 2011, the same magazine proclaimed "Africa Rising",