The African Continent can flourish on its own, according to Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, a member of parliament and Ghana’s Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation.
When he pronounced the Africa Economic Summit 2023 officially open on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 in Accra, Ghana, he made this known.
‘’Africa has a long and complex history, marked by centuries of colonization, slavery, and economic exploitation. Despite these challenges, the people of Africa have demonstrated remarkable resilience, strength, and creativity in the face of adversity’’ – he said.
He continued that, one example of this resilience can be seen in the way Africa has battled against diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19 especially making significant strides in healthcare and disease prevention. Moreover, Africa has contributed greatly to the development of Western Europe through its rich cultural heritage, including its contributions to the arts, literature, and music.
‘’However, Africa has also faced significant economic challenges, including marginalization and underdevelopment.
This has led to a sense of complacency, where many have resigned themselves to the idea that progress is not possible’’ – he added.
‘‘But there is hope. The recent Africa Economic Summit brought together leaders from across the continent to discuss ways to promote economic development and cooperation. The summit highlighted the vast potential of Africa, including its abundant natural resources, talented workforce, and vibrant cultural heritage’’
‘‘As the summit participants discussed, Africa has everything it needs to succeed.
From the lush forests to the diverse flora and fauna, Africa has the resources to drive economic growth and development. And with a population of over one billion people, Africa has a vast and talented workforce ready to contribute to the continent’s progress.’’
The summit served as a reminder that Africa’s past does not have to dictate its future. With the right policies, investment, and cooperation, Africa can overcome its economic challenges and achieve its full potential. It is a story of hope and progress, and one that all Africans can be proud of.
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