AT THE UN: Africa needs ‘fair chance’ to trade, not sympathy or aid, Ghana’s President tells UN Assembly

 [John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pa]
[John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pa]

What Africa needs is not development assistance from developed countries but “a fair chance” to trade with the rest of the world, the President of Ghana today told the United Nations General Assembly.

“Africa does not need your sympathy or overseas development assistance,” said President John Dramani Mahama during the general debate. “Africa needs a fair chance to trade with the rest of the world and amongst ourselves. The progress towards the creation of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is commendable and must be fast tracked.”

He said that raising intra-African trade alone from the paltry average of 15 per cent will create better opportunities for Africa’s youth.

Recently he took the decision to allow citizens of other African countries travelling to Ghana to obtain visas on arrival. This would stimulate trade and investment if it were replicated across the continent, he explained.

He said that Africa is a continent of 54 countries at different stages of progress and development, and has the potential to be the next continent on the rise. Democracy is not a one size fits all system.

“The mistake with Africa is that we are seen as a homogeneous unit and treated as such, not taking cognizance that we are a whole continent with different aspirations, cultures, democracies and economic development,” he said.

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SOURCE: UN News Wire Service

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