World headlines fixated on one event – the culmination of the long march to democracy in South Africa and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. As Western media seem to feature one African story at a time, another African event was a footnote: an ‘African tribal war’ in a country not many had heard of.
When the London cabbie driving me to Paddington on Sunday asked where I was going and I replied that I was headed to Ethiopia, he said ‘What’s it like there now, is everyone still starving? Perceptions, it seems, aren’t easy to erase.
Its great to be back at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. This is the 7th time that I’ve attended the WEF in Switzerland. There’s are lots of new faces as well as many familiar ones.