MATTERS ARISING – Vision for Ghana and Africa ADE SAWYERR
The continent our leaders inherited was characterised by poor infrastructure, constructed to exploit the primary products and natural wealth, inadequate health facilities, few educational institutions and a large mass of unemployed people. Our leaders were confronted with a colonial economy; low-value commodities exported in exchange for imported high-value branded consumer goods. This type of economy could not lead to sustainable development.
A united and stronger Africa would have negotiated a more meaningful sustainable development goals for Africa. A united Africa will be better able to negotiate business terms with both exploitative and authoritative capitalists, that will result in better value for our resources.
We have all the resources in Africa to produce what we need, and our institutions will be better able to coordinate who produces what. Our institutions will work to determine which of the different blocks in Africa have competitive advantage in certain areas and sectors and encourage and sustain these blocks.
The African Continental Free Trade Area is long overdue, the African passport is imperative. Africa must unite to confront the challenges of environmental protection and globalisation. We must remember that
The vision was as relevant yesterday as it is relevant today.