However, this is not the case. For example, according to the World Bank some parts of the continent are now experiencing rapid growth. In a recent report it stated that the economy of a number of Sub-Saharan Afrikan countries grew at rates that matched global rates. In fact, the economies of the fastest growing Afrikan nations experienced growth considerably above the global average rates. In 2007, Afrika registered 5.8 percent economic growth, its highest level ever. This is undoubtedly due to Chinese investment. Afrika has benefitted from the building of infrastructures by the Chinese. Infrastructures help to promote agriculture, manufacturing, the service sector, and trade, while the higher standard of living associated with growth has created a demand for better electricity, transportation, telecommunications and housing. (In the various nations that have made economic gains, these gains have yet to filter down to the masses, however, as the push for reforms, and the growth of an emerging middle-class increases, hopefully through the efforts of the AU and other progressive organizations these improvements will benefit the populace.) Chinese investments and expansion were contributing to Afrika's growth, and this presented an additional concern. Not only was China benefiting from its Afrika trade, which has assisted her rise as a world power but Chinese trade was helped to develop Afrika, the continent that historically been a major victim of Western exploitation, and a reason for its rise to world power and domination. The West, whose continuing unspoken policy towards Afrikan is Destabilization, now facing exorbitant debt and a global recession, which China appears to have already rebounded from, has initiated steps to recolonize the continent. As always an altruistic facade masks its imperial dictates—this time it is the global war on terror and humanitarian concerns/the responsibility to protect doctrine. But the design is to maintain Western hegemony.
Aware of its growth potential, Afrika has also initiated procedures to secure a more propitious place in this new world order—it has formed the Afrikan Union (AU) as a vehicle to create a United States of Afrika. Pan-Afrikanism is the ideological framework chosen to attain the AU’s objective and several leaders have championed the initiative but none as outspoken as the late Libya’s Kaddafi.