In a response to an article by Ted Fishman that was published yesterday in the New York Times Magazine, South Africa’s Daily Maverick newspaper tries to asses the impact of global ageing on what is set to become the worlds youngest continent.  In his writing, author Kevin Bloom suggests that the outcome is not clear.  On one scenario, “the worlds more aged nations may choose to ‘go shopping for younger workers’ on the [African] continent, which could in turn benefit the economies of the countries from where the African workers have come”.   Bloom points out, however, that if Africa’s youth leaving the continent  may cause more harm than good and that African nations have received little benefit from its migrants to the developed world.   In a very different scenario, however, bloom focuses on the fact that the developed world built its economy on youthful populations and states:  “[i]f a young Africa shows the same foresight that a young China has shown for the last 30 years […] the upside for African nations could be huge”.

Bloom concludes by acknowledging that there is no way to know today how global ageing will affect Africa, but calls for more attention to be given to that continent.

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