Dlamini-Zuma: Africa must work together

2012-08-20 11:48

Johannesburg - The success of the African Union is dependent on the implementation of decisions made by regional economic communities, AU chair and Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at the SADC summit in Mozambique.

"Therefore, a strong, dynamic and symbiotic relationship between the African Union Commission and the regional economic communities is critical for the integration and development of Africa."

Dlamini-Zuma said that only through the construction of sustainable infrastructure could inter and intra-African trade succeed for the benefit of the continent's people.

"This in turn requires the development of common standards and the harmonisation of legislation and other steps being taken within and between economic communities."

She said a united Africa would assist the people of the continent to deal with burning issues such as climate change, food and water security, pandemics and the relationship between healthy, educated populations and development; democracy and the empowerment of youth and women.

Future generations

Women make up over 50% of Africa's population, and although Africa has experienced positive economic growth, it shall not reach its potential without the full participation of women, said Dlamini-Zuma.

"Women must be involved more meaningfully in the economy. We should also ensure they have access to, amongst others, training, skills development, technology, land and financing."

Dlamini-Zuma said Africa could halve its poverty if the continents resources were used in a way that assisted its people.

"The continent has abundant human resources. We have a young population whilst the developing world has an ageing population."

"As long as donor contributions are the mainstay of our development, we will not achieve our own identified priorities," she said.

Future generations of Africans should not see this generation as one of missed opportunities, said Dlamini-Zuma.

"They should celebrate us for having bequeathed to them a better Africa than that which we found."

  • leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-08-20 12:42

    please, the way of the world is self enrichment... if you dont stand up in what you believe or for your rights, it will be stripped from you.

  • andile.mali.73 - 2012-08-20 12:50

    AU & EU are crucial unions that are paving the launch of - one world government / the new world oder. Everyone in this new order will be branded with a tripple six symbol and those who refuse to carry this brand will not be allowed to trade or be involved in any type of commercial activity. Fashion trends that are currently pumped through different media platforms like having a tatoo, are subtley preparing people to easily accept this move of being branded with the 666 symbol.

      ettienec1 - 2012-08-20 12:57

      Oh boy.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-20 12:59

      You obviously are not very intelligent.

      Paulus - 2012-08-20 14:30

      Thanks for the laugh,,, always welcome.

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