How Nigeria Became Africa’s Largest Economy Overnight – Uri Friedman – The Atlantic

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How Nigeria Became Africa’s Largest Economy Overnight – Uri Friedman – The Atlantic.

“Something strange happened in Nigeria on Sunday: The economy nearly doubled, racking up hundreds of billions of dollars, ballooning to the size of the Polish and Belgian economies, and breezing by the South African economy to become Africa’s largest. As days go, it was a good one.

It was, in fact, a miracle borne of statistics: It had been 24 years since Nigerian authorities last updated their approach to calculating gross domestic product (GDP), a process known as “rebasing” that wealthy countries typically carry out every five years. When the Nigerian government finally did it this week, the country’s GDP—the market value of all finished goods and services produced in a country—soared to $510 billion.

To celebrate the occasion, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics released a pretty entertaining PowerPoint presentation—an admixture of sober economic pronouncements and clip art. It includes this depiction of the long road to $510 billion:…”

President Higgins Speech At Windsor Castle, UK – 9/4/2014

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Toast by President Higgins at State Banquet, Windsor Castle


Toast by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

State Banquet, Windsor Castle

8.40pm approx Tuesday, 8th April 2014

A Shoilse Banríon, A Mhórgacht Ríoga:

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness:

Thank you for your kind and generous welcome and for the warm hospitality you have extended to me, to Sabina and to our delegation.

That welcome is very deeply felt and appreciated by me, and by the people of Ireland, whom I represent. However long it may have taken, Your Majesty, I can assure you that this first State Visit of a President of Ireland to the United Kingdom is a very visible sign of the warmth and maturity of the relationship between our two countries. It is something to be truly welcomed and celebrated.

Your Majesty:

You famously used some words of Irish during your State Visit to Ireland. Today…

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President Michael Higgins Addresses UK Parliament

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President Michael D Higgins addresses both houses of parliament at Westminster

President has addressed the chamber in Westminster

“Mr. Speaker, Lord Speaker,

Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister,

Leader of the Opposition and distinguished guests:

I am delighted to be with you today.

A Chairde:

Tá fíor-chaoin áthas orm bheith anseo libh.

On the first day of this State Visit, I have been graciously and warmly
welcomed by
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, and I have come to this
place from a poignant and uplifting visit to Westminster Abbey. I am
greatly honoured to be the first President of Ireland to address you in
this distinguished Palace of Westminster.

As a former parliamentarian, honoured to have spent twenty-five years as a
member of Dáil Éireann, and a further decade serving in our Upper House,
Seanad Éireann, it constitutes a very special privilege to be speaking
today in a place…

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