I hope this finds you in good health and spirit. The 4th Congress of African Economists (CAE), is scheduled to be held from November 16-18, 2015 in Accra, Ghana.
I’m not an economist; however, I submitted a paper with my thoughts on the subject of economic development in Africa, but it was not one of the papers selected for presentation at the conference. My paper’s content was not based on formal technical economic theory, formulas, or statistics, but on my personal observations and research.
I continue to re-iterate the points of focus I believe are important for my brothers and sisters in African and took the time to repeat them again in my response below which was my reply to the AU thanking them for the consideration of assessing my submission. My reply was as follows:
Thank you for your reply and I appreciate you taking the time to address my submission. Unfortunately, I’m unable to participate in-person as self-sponsored due to financial constraints, but very much look forward to the rigorous debates/discussions on the future direction of our African Union and the outputs from the CAE conference.
I’m sure it is obvious to all those participating, in this conference in particular, that the immediate crisis of poverty across our continent and around the globe is at epidemic proportions and this will continue to put pressure on our precious resources like people, land, food, and water as the looming climate change effects continue to occur around the world, including Africa. We must do everything in our power to move our people and continent into a model of “Cooperative Enterprises” where communities own and are able to sustain their own water, land, food, and shelter by and for each community member. The measure is not by how much money is owned or can be made or how much credit (debt) can be accumulated at the mercy of foreign imperialistic and capitalistic people and financial institutions, but on how well the community takes care of its people; such as, sufficient and clean: water, food, shelter, education, and healthcare. These are the challenges for the African Union among the others such as collective National Security and “rooting out” and eradicating corruption from all levels of institutions and governments meant to serve the community and peoples at-large.
It is imperative that our precious resources, across the entire continent, are African owned and operated. African owned does not mean allowing a foreign entity, corporation, or national to control our resources for capitalistic gains; however, it does mean that at least 90% of any institution should be owned entirely by an indigenous African entity, preferably the government; so that our precious resources are never accessible for sale or long-term leasing arrangements.
First, as I eluded to in my paper submitted, the African Union must first rightfully recognize ‘The Founding Father’ of the African Union as His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and visibly display his name and likeness at the front of the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he belongs.
Second, we must continue to reject the ‘rush’ for industrialization at the expense of profits over our people and property! We cannot become a “consumer” and “service” nation for the rest of the world that some would attempt to deceive us into becoming. We must own and manage our land and natural resources for the benefit of our indigenous African brothers and sisters. For each country that is part of the African Union — all existing contracts for importing and exporting agriculture or mineral resources needs to be rescinded and re-negotiated to be targeted and temporary. “Targeted” means that each contract must have stipulations that in addition to the underlying objective to make money/profit, the institutions must first direct contributions for the development of low-income housing communities and infrastructure development (schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, waste management plants, etc.), not high-rise “pressure cooker” confinements that breed ignorance and violence. We have already seen how that does not work in other parts of the world. “Temporary” means 10 years or less.
Lastly, the task of the African Union is significant, large, and a complex undertaking. As a matter of fact it is the largest ever in taking a diversified continent and peoples that have been brutally beaten, battered and killed for hundreds and thousands of years; and to build an enduring civilization; is an epic undertaking. However, I feel confident that with foundation from current leadership of the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana C Dlamini Zuma, future leadership of the young and talented Africans, and the Pillar of the founder His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, we will produce the African Union Civilization rivaled by none!
May God continue to bless each and all of us for our tireless efforts in forging the African Union we need and want!
Thank you for your efforts and contributions!
Servant of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I