Spotlight on Africa
by Amy Lignor
As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years.
It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa is, in truth, the cradle of mankind. They also house the youngest population in the world. There is huge potential to be garnered from these young minds, and it looks as if Africa and its government wants to do nothing more than to take that path. Africa has huge potential in many areas, and by enhancing their economic growth and promoting democratic ideals, they have a chance to do great things.
The Ambassador stated: “I strongly believe we can drive an agenda that realizes a common vision of integration, cooperation, collaboration and committed leadership.”
What was “introduced” was the African Union’s blueprint: Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want. This Agenda speaks of many things, from business to social changes. The ways to implement a variety of new markets, and increase trade and investment with other nations is talked about, as well. Communication between nations was touched upon, and ideas to decrease the infrastructure deficit were shared. Taking a step forward includes sharing ideas and resources with other countries, which will allow a door to be opened to bring more education across the continent. And development of infrastructures would bring about more intra-Africa rail, road, air and water linkages that would help the people and businesses of Africa gain momentum.
The African Continent looking at fast-tracking their mining industry in the coming years is an added extra to make themselves heard and respected on the global scene in all areas of commerce. If Africa takes greater responsibility for financing its development and programs, which was the agreement made by the Finance and Planning Ministers in 2015, with the leadership at the AUC, their ideas can be fully implemented.
The headlines in regards to Africa also focus on the citizens. Agenda 2063 talks about creating a human force that will resolve Africa’s challenges. This “force” will certainly stem from the capacity of their youthful population. (In 2015, African Youth aged 15 – 24 years accounted for 19% of the global youth population; this is projected to increase to 42% by 2030). Those in charge state that women must be fully enabled to play an inclusive role in all areas of Africa’s development. It is an absolute goal for every African to live a life of dignity, be free from harm, and attain social justice. Peace can come from the fact that everyone has the opportunities to realize their full potential. And with peace and pride and dignity, Africa can find its stability.
Making strides in various areas, Africa has expanded access to both better education and better health care. By investing in agro-processing, they believe they can increase Africa’s global market share. And when it comes to the issues of climate change, Africa’s government believes in global cooperation in order to get these issues solved before it’s too late. Africa actually remains the most vulnerable to effects from global warming, which is why Agenda 2063 speaks about everything from adaptation measures to utilizing indigenous knowledge to generate solutions to building more resilient communities.
As we move forward into 2017, it will be interesting to see what Africa does and what its government is able to provide. It is most definitely time for successful journeys in Africa, and for its people to gain opportunities. The vision of an independent Africa is a good one, and hopefully that realization, through the government and the AUC, will occur.
Source: Baret News