Should Africa Rely On Automation To Leapfrog Cheap Labor Phase?

Africa got 1 billion plus people and yet the whole continent’s economy is only about the size of South Korea. This means the whole African continent is still very poor and needs to be developed a lot so the Africans can have some hope for a better future. Unfortunately, as cheap labor is moving out of China to China’s neighbors such as Vietnam, the whole world is now all the rage on how to rely on the automation of machines so even cheap labor cannot compete. If this is the case, I don’t think the Africans will have a chance of mobilizing their 1 billion plus people to industrialize the African continent.

So, the question is if Africans cannot rely on cheap labor to develop and industrialize the African continent, then what else could the Africans rely on to develop Africa? If Africans tries to rely on the aids of the Western countries, then Africans will never be able to develop their own industries that are necessary to pull the African continent out of poverty for good. Although the Chinese are building the infrastructures inside Africa to better the livelihood of the Africans, without a staple of strong industries the Africans will still face the problem of not being able to industrialize the African continent.

Although I don’t know much about Africa, in my humble opinion, Africans should try to go for automation themselves to leapfrog the cheap labor phase. This means Africans have to develop a very entrepreneurship mentality so they can come up with business models that need automation as a necessary ingredient for their business. Furthermore, instead of only relying on aids from the West and the infrastructures from China, Africans should demand the Chinese to teach them how to develop and incorporate Artificial Intelligence in their businesses. I think the machine learning and higher AI will definitely be able to help the Africans to automate the needs in their entrepreneurship businesses and leapfrog the cheap labor phase.

China In Congo Experience: Empire of Dust – 2011 Africa.

Although the video probably made in 2011, the context of the video is quite relevant, still.  I think I’ve mixed feelings about watching this video.  On one hand, I feel sad for the tough conditions and environments in which the Congolese got to experience every day because their country wasn’t developing at all at the time period in which the video is showing.  At the same time, I also feel sorry for the Chinese — who tried to help the Congolese to rebuild the 300km road which connects Kolwezi with the capital of the province Lubumbashi — because the video shows the Chinese tried hard to negotiate and do their best in building the road but met with setbacks that could be fixed easily if communication and efforts were aplenty.  Unfortunately, the video shows that some Congolese weren’t too excited to make the road but the road could help improve the infrastructure for the locals.  Anyhow, the video shows the Chinese were also rough in manners in dealing with the Congolese, because of the language barrier and culture differences.  Vice versa, the Congolese were also ignoring the Chinese workers’ instructions but the instructions were meant to have things going.  Anyway, after watching this video, I wonder how it is now (i.e., 2017) for the Congolese in Congo, and how it is for the Chinese in Africa.  Check out the awesome video right after the break.  Enjoy!

Vietnamese Man In Africa

It’s a common story to see Vietnamese people travel to places like United States, Australia, France, China, and various other places to settle, but it’s rare, at least for me, to hear about a Vietnamese who would settle in Africa.  Furthermore, documentaries and TVs usually show an ugly image of most places in Africa besides the tourist attractions, and so Africa isn’t usually a place for Vietnamese to travel to for settling.  Anyhow, for me, personally, I’ve lived in the United States for the most part of my life, and so I wouldn’t know much about Africa for sure.  This is why I’m so curious and in awe to see a Vietnamese person who is successfully settled in Africa.  In the video right after the break, you get to see a story of a Vietnamese man who was tricked into visiting Africa which he got no money to fly back home.  Instead of flying back home, he made his living there from day one in which he got zero cent on his body.  Yet somehow he was able to make a living, and now he is somewhat successful in Africa.

Old Men Talk World Economy, I Like It!


Economy (Photo credit: CassadeyFedel)

When people often talk about world economy, polarized elements of politics tend to creep into the talk and demand something to be politicized.  This often creates angst among the participants of the talk.  Furthermore, a participant which is against or for the political point of view will definitely not compromise his or her position on the matter, therefore nothing will be resolved or be persuaded.  This is why I often hate to listen only to one side of the story or politicize anything, because it’s a lot easier for me to just sit back and do the listening and watching of whatever that is being politicized, whether such a matter is deserving such a merit or not is another story altogether.  With this in mind though, matters such as world economy that are highly politicized and being debated often cannot be left out of whatever political talk easily even if one does not want to touch the political side of the matters.  Perhaps, these matters are so important to the livelihood of each earthly citizen.  (Or in another way to put this, “It’s the economy, stupid!”)

Even more now than ever before, matters such as the world economy or an economy which is important to the world are evermore very much the concerns of each earthly citizen or I should say the citizen of the world.  How come?  To say the least, besides economic policies, technology matters!  You might think I’ve digressed, but perhaps I just have done so by a little bit.  How so that technology matters when we’re talking about economics?  Continuing below…

The world of today has become so small in term of how we’re able to communicate so clearly and so effectively even though there are oceans that separate several continents.  Technology has allowed and will improve and will continue to allow information, transportations, and other technological important mediums to flow across the world effectively unless a country’s government is hampering these opportunities, therefore the information age and several other obvious technologies such as advanced transportations are now effectively shrinking the world to a point of obvious (i.e., small).  In short, the advancing of technology helps make globalization realizes easier.

With advanced developments in technology in general, whether the progress is made in the information or transportation or whatever technological sector, the positive progresses of these developments have had effectively changed how the world of today is operating.  Furthermore, these so called positive progresses in technology effectively change the economic progress and general attitude of each country and the citizens of a particular country and the world.  I have to say though, these positive progresses of technology might be viewed as negative effects for parts of the world, because several parts of the world see their economy declines and correlate that progresses have been made in technology but citizen livelihoods have not been improved.  Perhaps, technology in general is just a tool among the tools in a tool box?  Should the reform of economic policy and other policies might make more sense in the argument of bad economics?

In a sense, the main point I want to make within this blog post is that it’s very hard to not politicize matters such as the economy of a country or the economy of the world in general, but with effort one can at least try to make it’s a friendly debate when such a topic would arise.  Specifically though for this blog post, I want to emphasize on why economy matters.  After all, economy matters a lot as it is the lifeblood of the livelihood of the citizens that are being supported by a particular economy.

It’s easy to say that economy matters, but do we really understand why there are so many bad economies have came to light and will come to light in our time?  And this to be said is not to compare with other times of our complete history, whether our history is complete or not is another story altogether.  Of course, I’m not an expert on the economy matters at all, therefore I like to embed some very interesting videos which may be able to spill some light onto our contemporary economic matters.  If you enjoy watching old men talking about economic matters, then by all means the videos right after the break might be somethings that you are going to be pleased with.  Enjoy them videos!!!