African countries have been complaining for years about [the European Union's agricultural policy] but do not have enough bargaining power. The UK has been sympathetic to the pleas from African countries to address this problem. The Brexit would exclude the UK from this debate.
Right now, Africa has a window of opportunity because growth is there, the institutions have improved, but the growth has been jobless to some extent. The demographic trends are such that we have a growing population, a young population, so we definitely need these jobs.
In Africa, the money is with the central government and everything has to go through them. Because of the rapid urbanization facing the continent, now is a very good time to take a strategic view; there's a need for urban planification.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned the U.S. leadership in fighting Ebola and terrorism in Africa. But, he also indirectly mentioned Africa when he spoke about the need for the US to react to China’s role in the fastest growing economies in the world.
[The Ebola outbreak] is not just an African problem. This is a global problem because people move, and you never know [if] you can have a spillover into neighboring countries or even to other continents. We need to act fast and we need to act globally with governments, the U.S., and multilateral organizations like the World Health Organization.