And it is not only the Chinese who are stuck in the 20th century. Most investors from the emerging economies pouring into Africa's 'gold rush' are following the same system, as are most of the new and old investors from the West. Business-as-usual is still the dominant force on the continent. The Fastest Billion are in danger of becoming victims of the Fastest Bubble.
Africa's most fundamental problem is systemic. Reforming institutions, developing green accounting and having sustainable development goals are three essential steps towards adapting the system to suit Africa's unique challenges.
Over the past 20 years the first chapter of ‘something beautiful’ in Africa has been written. It could be called Africa and the Green Economy. The next chapter can now be written. Everything is ready. As Wangari Maathai, one of Africa’s great green pioneers often said: ‘We know what to do: why don’t we do it?’