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What We Need To Do To Achieve Vision 2063

In May 2000, some respected magazine once called Africa, ‘The hopeless continent’. One of the articles painted a picture of a continent ravaged by conflicts, hunger and malnutrition, disease and poverty as if it was a permanent African condition:

 

“Floods in Mozambique; threats of famine in Ethiopia(again); mass murder in Uganda; the implosion of Sierra Leone; and a string of wars across the continent. The new millennium has brought more disaster than hope to Africa. Worse, the few candles of hope are flickering weakly.”

However, a decade later, the same magazine was in a different tune referring to Africa as ‘Africa’s hopeful economies: The sun shines bright’.  Recently, both US President and Pope Francis have echoed the positive stride that Africa is making.

This is what Agenda 2063 was poised to stimulate.

Agenda 2063 is both a Vision and an Action Plan. It is a call for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.

Agenda 2063 was developed by African Union in 2013. The rationale is to galvanize and unite in action all Africans and the Diaspora around the common vision of a peaceful, integrated and prosperous Africa.

It’s about leapfrogging beyond the immediate challenges. Agenda 2063 is anchored on Pan Africanism and the African renaissance.

This article is mainly based on the reflections of an email titled, ‘Agenda 2063: an e-mail from the future’. Sent by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (Chairperson of the AU) to H.E Kwame Nkrumah dated, 24thJanuary 2063.

It’s worth noting that this is similar to the dream of Kwame Nkrumah and his generations, when they called in 1963 on Africans to unite or perish.

Have enlisted a number of issues which I think are critical and need an immediate address to achieve Agenda 2063:

First, we must address the almost recurring issue of food insecurity. We have to feed our people. Africa is ripe with massive rivers and fertile agricultural land that must be harnessed to ensure we are food secure.

In our rural areas we have to start massive irrigation schemes to harness the waters of the continent’s huge river systems (the Congo, the Nile, Niger, Gambia, Zambezi, Kunene, Limpopo and many others).

Let’s not shy away from utilising the centuries-old indigenous knowledge, acquired and conserved by African women who tended crops and fed their families.

Research institutions need to develop adoptive technologies that will ensure productivity of our farms. This will largely exploit meaningful the continent’s untapped agricultural potential.

Secondly, commitment to invest in the African people especially deliberates efforts to empower the young and women. Nations must take approaches to improve the education systems to nurture creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Agenda 2063 promote the values of solidarity, self-belief, non-sexism, self-reliance and celebration of our diversity. In essence, a strong value system will be ammunition that needs to be en-cultured at early stages of child development.

We need to take advantage of the bulging middle class and invest them. The occasional venom spilled over social media by youths is not a good idea.

Thirdly, harness resources to finance development. Africa is a rich continent, with poor residents. Africa contributes about 40% of natural resources. The proceeds from the resources could spruce the African development if Africans fully take charge.

Think of having virtually every resource in the world (land, oceans, minerals, energy)!

Finally, thinking of Confederation of African States as a regional trading block is not a bad idea (just like the European Union), with influence of over a billion people and 55 sovereign states! The current trend is about advancing global trend towards regional blocks.

We must remind ourselves that integration and unity is the only way for Africa to leverage its competitive advantage. But acting as fifty-five small and fragmented individual countries it may seem not a good idea at the moment.

In summary is how best we can better manage in a sustainable manner the rare resources that we own that matters. Look at the rich culture, diverse ethnicity, rich and unique minerals, climate, tourism among others.

In words of Dr. Zuma, the driver to achievement of Agenda 2063 is dependent on how we tackle the root causes of conflicts by embracing diversity, inclusion and the management of resources. In essence, Poor leadership and governance, Corruption, Negative ethnicity and retrogressive culture must be acted upon now!

 Read More:

Africa: The hopeless continent

Africa’s hopeful economies: The sun shines bright

Agenda 2063: an e-mail from the future

Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want 

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