THE AFRICA WE WANT
Africa is the 2nd largest continent containing its 54 fully recognised sovereign states, nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. The African continent has abundance of natural resources with it being a major producer of important metals and minerals such as gold, uranium, diamond. In the African continent there are climatic factors which are greatly influencing its agriculture, these climatic regions of agriculture include Tropical wet, savannah, Desert, Mediterranean, and highland. In addition Africa has other economic activities which are really of value: Forestry that is the management of trees and other vegetation in forests; Fishing with fisheries on all its marine coasts, as well as inland: also Africa is home to select deposits of oil and natural gas, which are drilled for energy and fuel which all contribute to the economic activities of the African continent.
Socioeconomic status is important determinant of health which is influenced by factors such as ethnicity, literacy, cultural characteristics of a nation. Thus socioeconomic transformation entails fundamental changes in both the way a nation does its business economically & socially in the character of the nation itself, that is through job changes, inheritance, marriage, connections with the outside world, tax changes, innovation, illegal activities, hard work, lobbying, luck, health changes. Sustainability in development based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive market economy with full employment and social progress, and environmental protection should be the goal in transforming the socioeconomic status of a continent. A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory, is the Africa we want that can be governed as one.
As the United States of Africa with a one government & one currency, it would propel/open for us to tremendous and adequate windows of possibilities/opportunities. Africa as one, should possess solidarity. A great bond in a nation would mean that they would be coordination thus leading to specialisation in the production processes for instance, parts of the continent with great climatic conditions practice agricultural activities at a large scale. In a way, providing employment to the united Africans and in improving their standards of living. These agricultural activities are considered the continent’s most important economic activity, employing a large number of two-thirds of the continent working population & therefore contributing to the (20-60%) of the GDP. Thus would propel the continent with the standards of development Africans would benefit from infrastructural development needed for the functioning of a community which are schools, hospitals or clinics.
In addition, Africa becoming a nation must make it stronger in international trade with other foreign nations, that is exporting finished products of African products at a larger scale and would benefit the continent with less cases of importation. More so this would deter the issue on the segregation measures set up in 2002, by the United Nations for example which created the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in order to certify diamonds from sources that are free of conflict. The KPCS which aims to prevent diamond sales from financing wars, that is the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Côte d’Ivoire which contribute more diamond with a huge impact to the GDP of Africa we want but however have all been expelled at some point in the last decade. Therefore, if we Africans unite, we can stand strong against those segregation measures which does divide the continent and try to acquire those same mechanisations used in the processing of the minerals we possess in our continent and abandon the system of importing minerals as raw. This would really be of benefit to the Africa we want, in the value we would have installed on our beloved minerals in selling them as finished products, internally & externally. As of 2008, the continent produced 55 percent of the world’s diamonds and with about 483 tons of gold, or 22 percent of the world’s total production. Thus if the African nations merge and become one, we would be strong and we can sustain against whatever sanctions that might be put against our products and we can therefore develop our African continent we want.
More so, Africa has an abundant forest cover and as a result its forestry products accounted for about 6% of Africa’s GDP an average more than any other continent in 2008, when they were still exporting these products as raw. The possibility is that if Africa invest in such an industry, more value would be put on these products from the forest and our GDP would improve greatly and would have established our own market as Africa which other nations would be requesting for. The exportation of these finished products will be bringing significant revenue as foreign currency and never to import any property made from these products that we manufacture locally as by then Africa would have acquired all the necessary knowledge on products that can be made. The African continent can fully develop with all the benefits of its locally produced products moving from place to place freely and with no competition within the continent by its member states. In addition, we also have fishing resorts found on African marine coasts, as well as inland which thus helps in proving income to more than 10 million people and its annual export value of $2.7 billion. Therefore, all these economic activities they really need investment to boost them and bring in transformation socioeconomically, for intense through infrastructure development, diet improvements and people would stay health, and thus proving to be the Africa we want.
African continent could however enhance economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity without having even becoming a one nation, with one government. Thus, Africa can create a trade bloc between its member states for a free trade and the Africans can therefore set taxes against other nations, thus Africa would have established a single market for its member states with a single currency. These would foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict and rather would pave way for development within Africa, thus would transform the lives of people socioeconomically. Furthermore, this would establish an economic and monetary union whose currency is one whose benefits should be enjoyed by its citizens. With a trade bloc in Africa, there would be an abolishment of border controls between African countries, people can travel freely throughout most of the continent, thus making it much easier to live, work and travel abroad in Africa. With such an engagement between African countries, they would allow for a transformation through the necessary developments to become the Africa we want and even without any borrowing of foreign loans, such as how China has managed to succeed from an agricultural country to an initially industrialized country, through their socially planned economy. However, Africans can practice both agricultural activities & industrialization on the best suited areas within Africa. This would call for specialization, from the Africa we want. All of these would provide a foundation for sustainable development of the African economy, and therefore by the year 2063 Africa would be ranking among the highest in the world, in terms of its socioeconomic status.
Whereas the American people have a dream that they strongly believe in, thus we as Africans should live up to a dream to believe in it and that would remind us every step of the way to check whether we are still driven by the dream/goal. This dream should be that where we offer every child an equal chance at social and economic mobility and that is called the ‘‘Land of opportunity’’ a dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement. More explicitly it is a dream of a social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are.” Therefore by 2063, the African dream would be described as a trajectory for a promising future it has brought up with it. With such a model Africans would be agreeing on the statements of economic mobility such as: people should get rewarded for intelligence & skill, and also get rewarded for their efforts. Thus Africans would get rid of statements such as: coming from a wealthy family is essential to getting ahead. The fact that income differences in my nation are too large and that is a government’s responsibility to reduce differences in income, is also a problematic statement to throw away and get motivated in working hard towards drawing the maximum benefit from it.
The Africa we want, can be gradually transmogrified socioeconomically with mutual coordination & corporation between the African member states in terms of doing business and engagements. Therefore, following the above suggested ideas Africa must have developed with full implementation and with much efforts to come with better results by the year 2063 as by the African Union Agenda.
Well done Tinotenda.I cannot put into words how proud I am of you.Keep inspiring!!!ReplyDelete
Love this. Keep upReplyDelete
Very well written Tino. Thank you for sharing!!ReplyDelete
Good work indeed, this is great babaReplyDelete
Well said my brotherReplyDelete
Great post there, well thought and its full of leadership. Keep it upReplyDelete
This piece is more than just exquisite Mr. Ambassador. Thank you, it got me to be thankful of our own Africa.ReplyDelete