Africa Diasporas In Sweden Interim Committee Formed.
African Union in conjunction with the African Diaspora in Sweden held a consultative summit to appoint a coordinating committee for Paris and beyond. KESOFO chairlady Ms. Susan Mukami was appointed to be part of the committee. The committee is to discuss issues that will be presented in Paris next Month.
This series of meetings and conferences, facilitated by South African government, are part of follow-up meetings after many others that took place last month. Many African countries are championing the idea of a united Africa and African diasporas can contribute a lot to the process.
The south Africa ambassador in Sweden, H.E SR. Makgetla said that African diasporas are required to think strategically about how best they can work to contribute to Africa development. This meant that the African diasporas must keep a continental focus on issues affecting them.
Zimbabwean ambassador in Sweden who is also the Dean of Afriacan Diplomatic corps in Sweden H.E Mary Mubi said unity was vital to make the continent truly independent of the West, as she spoke to a crowd of cheering African diasporas in Sweden. “Unless we put our act together… and start pooling our resources together, we will never, ever prosper from any aid from any source outside Africa,” she said.
Dr. Ade Raheem was thankful that this kind of meeting was arranged but he pointed out that African leaders need to wake up and start recognizing that the African diasporas is not aforce to ignore. “I am confident that at the end of our deliberations, we should be able to arrive at a common understanding on the sort of continental Africa we want but delivery is the key problem, with leaders already having shown they are unwilling to give up power to regional economic blocs”, he said.
This is clear demonstration that in the spirit of the new African Union, African states and peoples are determined to move together in the search for democracy, development and good governance as a continent. Capacity differences do exist but this has simply strengthened the determination to forge a common agenda and common purpose to bridge them. The integration of the African Diasporas Process into the work programme of the AU adds a new dimension to the development of the Organization and it is fortuitous that this is taking place at precisely the same time in which the African Union has been faced with a lot of critics from the Diasporas about ignoring them at the Cross-substantiation, as well as mediation at the same levels to promote changes.
Munala Wa Munala.
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