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Daily Maverick: Opinionista: We need our own Arthur Lewis
21 Jan 2016 - 09:00
"A committed pan Africanist, Lewis was invited by Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah to serve as his economic advisor at the independence of Ghana in 1957. Lewis' intellectual and analytical muses were the common features he saw in colonial economies he encountered in his advisory postings across the globe on behalf of Nkrumah, the Crown and later on in his life for the Caribbean, in his capacity as the first president of the Caribbean Development Bank. His theory on the dynamics of capital accumulation in contexts of large surplus labour gave initial and much needed impetus to our quest to understand transitions from subsistence to industrial economies in the developing world."