Following the adoption of the Africa Continental Free Commerce Settlement(ACFTA), it might be advisable to expedite motion on African commerce agreements with different free commerce areas or companions, to make sure the continent derives most profit and collective energy from them.
There would even be the necessity for crafting a transformational template for granting mineral exploration and mining rights, with the stipulation that minerals have to be processed in Africa earlier than being exported.
The over dependence on processed items from exterior will preserve us in perpetual state of impoverishment. Ghana’s One district, One Manufacturing unit (1D1F), and shifting past support, deserves replication elsewhere on the continent.
Maybe, by selecting to course of our sources, our companions would start to accord us the respect that we deserve as a result of we’d have created a stronger economic system, in addition to confirmed that we have now come of age.
A resurgent and roaring African lion would go a great distance towards serving to to vary attitudes in direction of Africa and Africans.
Fortunately, loads goes properly on the continent due to the benefit of getting a youthful inhabitants.
Governments taking motion to offer accessible, high quality schooling deserve the loudest applause. An informed and expert populace will assist maintain the present tempo of the continent which boasts of getting not lower than 5 international locations among the many fastest-growing economies on the earth.
The lull in international markets (and a fast-approaching international financial recession) means the continent must brace itself with frequent antidotes to cope with the fallout from shrinking markets for African items, providers and tourism.
Remittances, information, influence
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate influence on individuals of African descent in some western international locations. How will this additional influence on the buying energy and remittances for African economies?
The complete extent of the pandemic’s influence could possibly be a part of an analysis of the incapacitating debt servicing obligations confronting African economies.
As Africa pushes its means ahead on these and different points, the continent should come out of this pandemic with new methods for statistical information administration of its human and pure sources. It was so exceptional to see the each day counts of sufferers and confirmed COVID-19 instances from the assorted international locations.
The continent ought to construct on that to create dependable information for nationwide planning and choice making.
The operationalisation of ACFTA and the implementation of Agenda 2063 are nice markers of political will and dedication.
The publish COVID-19 interval ought to witness the profitable implementation of the large regional and international plans not forgetting the Sustainable Improvement Targets (SDGs).
In a nutshell, it doesn’t must be re-stated that Africans usually are not much less endowed (in colleges) than different people.
The research of the rise and lack of affect of civilisations may be our helpful information. Throughout the previous 70 years, Asian nations have steadily laid the blocks for sturdy economies.
That exceptional instance ought to function a supply of motivation for Africa. The Japanese centered on electronics and autos, Indians are into ICT,
Thailand, the world’s kitchens, Singapore is famous for cleanliness and belief, whereas China grew to become the world’s manufacturing facility.
Was there a time not so way back, when a few of these international locations lagged behind some African and European international locations in requirements of dwelling?
As for many who hate others on grounds of race or ethnicity, we will advise them to go and browse John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me for the redemption of their souls.
If the innumerable individuals who fought for equal rights, fought towards racism, discrimination and xenophobia, and so on., have been to resurrect right this moment, will they be shocked that in 2020, some have nonetheless not shed their ethnic, racist and sectarian bigot-tendencies?
I imagine Dr Kwegyir Aggrey, Ottobah Cugoano, Olauda Equiano, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Dred Scott, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr, amongst others, shall be reciting a supplication for racial concord and peace in our world.
To conclude, Africa and Africans ought to ask the final word questions: ‘What will we want to be identified for within the subsequent 50 years? What ethos do we have to drive our progress?’. The solutions are inside us throughout, and after COVID-19.
“Hating individuals due to their color is mistaken. And it does not matter which color does the hating. It is simply plain mistaken” — Muhammad Ali
The author is within the International Service