It is a distinct honor and privilege for me to have been invited to respond to papers delivered by Aníbal Cavaco Silva and Alberto Alesina. I have come from Cape Town, the most beautiful city in the world, which is at the southernmost tip of the continent of Africa—a continent that is experiencing a reawakening in which its people are determined to take their destiny into their hands. I come to this conference as a church leader whose jurisdiction covers countries like South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, and the island of St. Helena.