Africa prioritizes productive cooperation - Kagame
Written by: George Kalisa
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, 12:56
Rwandan President also the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Paul Kagame September25 told the highly attentive 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that time for Africa to manage its global position is now. This year's theme is "Making the United Nations relevant to all people"
Kagame said this was a continent’s common goal which African leaders appreciated and were strengthening, adding that besides the prevailing political will, African countries are preoccupied with ways on how they can achieve closer and more cooperation.
“But times are changing rapidly and so the management of Africa’s global position must also change. The trend on our continent is toward closer and more productive cooperation both through the African Union and our Regional Economic Communities,” said President Kagame.
Kagame said that the positive development Africa has achieved only in the past one year “merit this body’s attention”.
The AU Chairperson said Africa was today leading other regions in upholding and promoting “the sense of trans-national solidarity and unity so deeply felt as in Africa”.
“The idea that our respective national identities stand in contradiction to Pan-Africanism is unheard-of in our context,” he added.
However, President Kagame decried the past image of Africa at the global level.
“Despite this unique civic endowment, Africa has too often stood out for division and dysfunction in practice. This left Africa unable to articulate and advance our common interests. We ceded responsibility for our future to others not by force, but by default”.