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African-Caribbean leaders want unity, end to dependency syndrome

Some African and Caribbean leaders have stated the need for Africa to form a united force and end the continuous dependency on non-African countries/continents.

They spoke at the 3rd AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024) at Nassau, The Bahamas.

The 3rd Annual AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024), organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), was incorporated into the Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM2024).The events focused on the theme “Owning Our Destiny: Economic Prosperity on the Platform of Global Africa’’.

A former President of Niger, during a plenary session at the ACTIF 2024, said: “Africa must do away with this dependency syndrome, which gets us thinking that the solutions to our problems are outside the continent.”

He said there is a need for Africa to trust itself and move away from dependency on external solutions.

Issoufou underscored the importance of creating value chains, industrialising the continent, and modernising agriculture to ensure that Africans could trade goods among themselves. He also called for strengthening democratic institutions to mobilise internal resources and reforming the global financial architecture to make it more equitable.

A former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Percival Patterson, also asserted the need for self-reliance and unity among peoples of Africa and African descent.

Patterson said it was important for Africa to exercise true sovereign power over its resources, saying “Africa must decide that it is the seller who determines the price.”

“If we came here and we were fighting among ourselves, it would be headline news.

“We have come and we have renewed our pledge to work together as one.’’

He also highlighted the significance of cultural and academic exchanges between Africa and the Caribbean to develop mutual understanding and pride in shared heritage.

“It is very important for us to develop that sense of knowledge, that sense of confidence, that sense of pride in ourselves.”

Hon. Isaac Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, harped on unity, resilience, and collaboration, emphasising the importance and potential for joint ventures.

“You are family, our brothers and sisters, and we love you, but I think this is an incredible opportunity to do more business with you.

“We no longer believe we have to play by the rules we did not create.

“We were victims of history, but if we stand together, we have the power to change history by fostering connections that will see us stronger, more united than ever before.’’

 (NAN)

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