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The Africa we want should utilize its resources –El-Adawy

Written by  Roy Nkosi

Lilongwe, May 25: Ambassador of Egypt to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy has described this year’s Africa Day as a celebration of the founding fathers of Pan-Africanism.

 

Commenting on the African Union (AU) 54 years of existence, El-Adawy, who is chairperson for this year’s celebration, in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) said that Africa of the future should be the envy of all the other continents and that the Africa we want will utilize its tremendous resources and human capital.

 

"It is a time to reflect on the challenges that are facing our great continent and the way we envision how we can combat them as we look ahead to our ambitious document entitled Agenda 2063,” he said.

 

He added, “It is now imperative for Africa to continue on the sincere path for unity, peace and dialogue to enhance developmental and economic strategies. Looking towards 2063, Africa should be the ‘Africa We Want’ creating the ideal environment for the people to live in happiness,” he said.

 

El-Adawy added that free trade is essential for the future of Africa and that’s why in June 2015, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Malawi and Egypt became the first two countries from Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) countries to sign the tripartite agreement which will create the largest free trade area in Africa once completed.

 

“It is in our hands to move forward and to cooperate with each other in all issues to overcome what might divide us. We want tragedies like poverty, epidemic diseases, under developmental, lack of education, lack of freedom to be things of the past,” he said.

 

Africa Day is commemorated on May 25 every year, celebrating the founding fathers of Pan-Africanism who among others include Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Ghanaian Kwame Nkrumah, and Haïlé Selassié of Ethiopia.

 

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