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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Africa's pace of growth
has been lagging behind from its counter-parts both in the pro and post-colonialism
period. Therefore, it is the purpose of this work to discuss some of the
mysteries and controversy surrounding this whole topic into four subtopics
namely; geographical, social, economic and political.
In the first place, it is important to discuss Africa’s
geographical location and its resources. Has Africa’s vast resources failed to
lay a platform for major development, or maybe, are her resources a blessing or
a curse to the population? Africa as a continent has experienced a record rash
interest in its mining sectors from foreign investors who tend to explore for
all minerals at hand, but still, the continent remains in total poverty. However,
this leaves very less to be desired and rises many questions such as 'what form
of trade is conducted’.
With my little knowledge of trade, it is common
knowledge to understand that trade always involves two parties; a buyer and
seller who develop a mutual relationship based on the product. In the same
manner, trade paves way to a network that creates a platform for mutual
understanding on the product. With this in mind, it is disheartening to learn
how Africa is denied such a platform to network with its business partners,
hence, promoting unequal trade that favors investors. This unequal trade has
been characterized by price-fixing and black-listing of the products with a
number of sanctions therefore, violating the purpose of trade. Furthermore, in all aspects, this is a form
of civilized day-light robbery and some form of Robbing Hood though it’s vice
versa because investors rob from the poor to empower the rich all in the name
of fair trade.
As a matter of fact, they is need for Africa
to redefine its terms and conditions of trade in favor of its large population
living under the poverty line. And these measures will ensure Africa a guaranteed
dignity through independence because they is no dignity without freedom. This
will be made available through preferred poverty in freedom to wealth in
slavery which is aids. This whole idealism of 'preferred poverty in freedom to
wealth in slavery' may seem too ignorant on all grounds but very beneficial on
grounds that it eliminates the concept of dependence on donors hence a platform
of equality in trade is created because nobody gives more or less.
In fashion with the above, Africa as a whole
has to encourage cross-border trade between neighboring countries as a possible
solution to redeem its falling economies and weakening currencies. This is very
typical, but very African from flesh to bone as we all know a famous say that
states, ‘charity begins at home' hence laying our foundation on this say can be
of great help in ensuring Africa conduct trade locally before conducting it
internationally. Likewise, the is need for Africa to strengthen her financial
institutions to fully facilitate its extra activities and prevent any form of
regret, if not a generation marked with black-out recession and bankruptcy.
Africa to experience a renaissance in all fields of work, there is need for a continental
transformation in approach to small issues such as agriculture and trade because
both are the cardinal things to ensure the expected renaissance for its
visionary generation. And by all means, changing tides is what the continent is
yet to experience and it is during these trying times that we are encouraged to
learn more about our strength and weakness as a continental powerhouse that is
able to sustain its population.
With much financial meltdown experienced than
before, it is important for the sleeping giant to awake and found its predestined place hence moving away from the
concept of dependence on donors. However, if Africa was to develop an attitude
of competing with its donors then a form of generational revolution will be
sparked like a 'wild fire ‘because the donors have motives to satisfy from
Africa and major interests to monopolize the whole structure of governance and
Africa, has to explore its potential and begin to break the chains of its relation to a ‘dark continent’ that nobody believes in.