Dr. Morley Z. Nkosi will give a general overview of the southern African region, with an emphasis on what is happening in Zimbabwe. He will discuss the economic and political situation in Zimbabwe and the implications for the entire region, as well as the role/impact of China and other developments in southern Africa.
According to an article in the June 19, 2007 issue of Time, problems in Zimbabwe continue to mount – inflation at that time was 3,714 percent and rising, and there were problems with food shortages, water and power outages, as well as shortages of gasoline, medicine, and other essential goods. President Mugabe blames drought and Western economic sanctions, while his critics blame government corruption, mismanagement, and the seizure of white-owned commercial farms. South African President Mbeki was appointed mediator by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and has been monitoring the situation and reporting to the SADC. Member countries in the SADC are Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Morley Nkosi was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and his early education was completed in South Africa. In 1960 he left for political reasons and he earned his BS in Economics from New York University, his MBA from Rutgers University, and his PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.
Dr. Nkosi’s career has spanned over forty years and he has served in academics, and as an economist and business person. He has served on the board of many companies, has directed the National African Chamber of Commerce, and was the first consultant to the African Capacity Building Foundation based in Zimbabwe.
Dr. Nkosi’s extensive business background also includes establishing a health center in rural Namibia, consulting and working with NGOs and in areas of reconstruction, development, strategic planning, and policy. During his distinguished career he also served as Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at Upsala College; as associate professor of Economics and Director of Africana Studies at Hofstra University; as assistant professor of Economics at the Graduate Business School at Rutgers University; and as Vice Chancellor at the University of Transkei [Walter Sisulu University for Technology & Science, Eastern Cape].
Dr. Nkosi is the author of publications on transnational corporations, the South African economy, the labor structure in South African gold mines, American mining engineers and the mining industry, and regional economic integration in southern Africa.
Dr. Nkosi is currently a managing associate in Morley Nkosi Associates, management and development consultants. Additionally, Dr. Nkosi serves as the Executive Chairman of Ferrostaal Investments Southern Africa, managing the company’s Offset Programme and developing new business in the SADC region.
Dr. Nkosi is also a founding member of USA for Africa and a past member of the Advisory Council.
Next event, just scheduled:
UCLA African Studies MA alum Jalal Abdel-Latif
Discussion on The Situation in Sudan, Including an Update on the Crisis in Darfur
Thursday, September 13, 2007
11:30 AM -- 10383 Bunche Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 for $8.
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, USA for Africa
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