Many countries have experienced the best part of a decade of relatively strong economic growth.
Some have managed to use the good times to build up foreign currency reserves that they have been using in an effort to prevent their currencies crashing in a disruptive manner now that foreign funds are being withdrawn.
And others, such as Morocco's Finance Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, believe Africa's continued growth could provide a source of stimulus for the developed world's own shrinking economies.
"African is a land of many opportunities and through investment we can prop growth, and by supporting African growth you can rekindle it at a global level."
Battening down the hatches
The Dar es Salaam conference was originally conceived as a chance to discuss what works in African development.
But that was subsequently overtaken by the growing anxiety about a financial crisis that would not - contrary to initial hopes - leave Africa unscathed.
Instead the event was more about battening down the hatches to limit the damage from the international storm.
It certainly hasn't solved Africa's problems.
But it has served as a reminder that a crisis that began in western financial systems has spread much, much wider.
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