French President Emmanuel Macron (second right), International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Kristalina Georgieva (left), Senegal’s President Macky Sall (right) and African Union President and President of Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi (second left) at the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris, May 2021. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Two meetings of African leaders in May and July on the region’s post-pandemic economic recovery strategies were not short on big declarations. In Paris, the first summit, facilitated by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, promised to rally global financial support to replenish Africa’s depleted coffers under a “new deal”.

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Ini Ekott is the deputy managing editor at Premium Times, Nigeria. He has researched and written extensively on governance and leadership in Africa. He is a former Wole Soyinka investigative reporter of the year, and was a member of the global team of journalists that conducted the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers reporting