“Africa does not need your sympathy or Overseas Development Assistance. Africa needs a fair chance to trade with the rest of the world.”
This was the Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama’s message at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Mahama said Africa is a continent on the rise and one that needs fair trade and not the usual aid and development assistance.
According to him, one of the underlying factors behind the migration crisis affecting the continent and troubling Europe was the lack of fairness in trade. This he said forces many youth in sub Saharan Africa to sell off their investments and try seeking greener pastures across the ocean.
‘Some of the young Africans who hazard the desert and Mediterranean Sea to cross to Europe from my country are young poultry farmers or other entrepreneurs who sell their shops and undertake the journey because they can no longer compete with the tons of frozen chicken dumped on African markets annually, or the adverse business environment they have to face,’‘Mahama said.
“We have the resources in this world to guarantee each person a decent life,” he insisted pointing out that Africa was up to the task of taking care of itself.
He recalled how the European Union in trying to curb unregulated migration had created an emergency fund of 1.8 billion euros in Valetta, he added that with land, natural resources and youthful labour to Africa’s advantage, there was a need to reset trade relations to allow Africa to compete with the west.
‘‘Removing subsidies to farmers of the advanced world would create an even playing field for African farmers to compete. Removing revenue and non-revenue barriers to African produce would give African agriculture a fighting chance.
‘‘We can achieve a lot in collaboration with the rest of the world and yet we must realize that a lot rests within our own capacity to achieve as Africans, ’he added.
After his presentation, he shared a video on his Facebook wall, where he is seen receiving congratulations from UN staff who according to him, were impressed by the content of his presentation.
Source: CCTV Africa