Samir Amin

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Date of Birth: 09/03/1931

Age: 85

Place of birth: Cairo

Citizenship: Egypt


Samir Amin was born in Cairo in a family of physicians - Egyptian and French. His childhood and youth spent in Port Said. In Cairo, Amin attended a French high school, from which he graduated with a BA in 1947. From 1947 to 1957 he studied in Paris, where he received a degree in Political Science (1952), Statistics (1956) and Economics (1957).

While in Paris, Samir Amin joined the French Communist Party, but later distanced himself from Soviet Marxism too orthodox and got in touch with Maoist circles, and for some time even influenced the future leaders of the "Khmer Rouge". With a group of fellow-students Amin published the journal "Anti-colonial students` (& # 201; tudiants Anticolonialistes). In 1957 he presented his thesis, one of the supervisors which was Francois Perrault. Originally it was called "The origins of underdevelopment - capitalist accumulation on a global scale", but was later renamed as follows: "Structural effects of international integration of pre-capitalist economies. Theoretical study of the mechanism of generating the so-called underdeveloped economy. "

After defending his thesis Amin went back to Cairo, where from 1957 to 1960 worked with the Ministry of the Egyptian economy, and was the manager & # 201; tudes de l`Organisme de D & # 233; veloppement & # 201; conomique. Then he left Egypt and traveled to Bamako, where he was offered the post of adviser to the Ministry of Planning of Mali, which Amin held in 1960-1963. In 1963-1980 he worked at the African Institute for Economic Development of the United Nations and Planning (Institut Africain de D & # 233; veloppement & # 201; conomique et de Planification; IDEP), housed in the Senegalese capital Dakar. Prior to 1970, he combined this job with teaching at the universities of Poitiers, Dakar and Paris. In 1970 Amin led the IDEP and remained its director until 1980, when he left his establishment, and was invited to the post of Director of the Third World Forum in Dakar.

Currently director of the Third World Forum (Dakar). Part of the editorial board of the journal