Democracy is nothing new for African countries, recalled the President before the AU Assembly

Democracy is nothing new for African countries, recalled the President before the AU Assembly


With a strong pan-Africanist speech, the President of Equatorial Guinea, the host of the 23rd African Union Summit, reminded Western countries that the development of the African continent is irreversible. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was very clear in pointing out that the major international institutions must be fair to the world order: "African idiosyncrasies should not admit foreign impositions The world should be governed under new concepts of transparency


-"It is a great honor for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to host this summit at a crucial time in which the nations of the world must agree to find solutions to the delicate problems of insecurity, the dangers of climate change, hunger and poverty affecting the world today. I wish a warm welcome to the dignitaries of the African continent and special guests, with the hope that they enjoy the hospitality, and that this meeting constitutes a turning point in the revitalization of the African Union," said the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea at the beginning of his opening speech for the 23rd summit.

In addition to welcoming to the attendees, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo reviewed the commitments made at the summit to work for the development of agriculture and the emergence of Africa: "We cannot talk of development in Africa if there is no agricultural development to avoid the permanent dependence on imports of consumer goods. Africa must invest massively in agricultural development for its transformation, in order to accelerate growth and increase productivity."

-"Africa should not settle for its current dependence on the developed world," also said the President, who was very direct and incisive with the need for the international instruments and organizations to be fair to the African continent: "Africa must rethink its relations with the developed world in order to reduce the gap in its access to development. We must realize that Africa suffers from a subtle neocolonialism. If we look, for example, at the issue of economic parity, our coins have never experienced the revaluation that would be required based on the growth of our countries. Instead, permanent devaluation measures have been adopted, and stagnation of parity that does not respect the economic growth of African States can be observed, while the economic control of Africa is managed by the developed countries. Africa is also suffering neocolonialism in the freezing of prices of subsistence raw materials and in the protectionist barriers imposed on international trade."

The President, in a clearly pan-Africanist speech, also spoke of the attempt of Western domination over the cultural values ​​of the continent, and the continued attempt at political interference: "Another way of feeding the dependence of Africa on the West is the attempt to substitute the values of African cultures for those that prevail in the West. We must remind these countries that democracy is not new to the African people. Democracy has been practiced for centuries in our societies, based on the positive values ​​of our coexistence, generating peace and good relations among our peoples."

-"We must realize that Africa is undergoing a process of democratic development that is now irreversible. It is an evolution that must adapt to the reality of African idiosyncrasies, which should not admit foreign impositions," also stated the President. "Africa is aware of the difficulties of maintaining cooperation with traditional partners in the West, to meet their basic needs. Those times of colonial empires after the great wars, have passed into history, and the world should be governed under new concepts of transparency, democracy and rights, without exogenous interference."

-"It is time to review the monopolies of the economy under the distorted coverage of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which have not offered clear aid to African countries," specified Obiang Nguema. "We believe it is necessary to review the functioning of the United Nations System, in order to satisfy all States, and so it does not serve as a springboard for those wishing to update their agenda of interference. We must also prioritize South-South cooperation, in order to leave our stagnation behind, since this cooperation does respect the principles of equality and reciprocity."

Obiang Nguema Mbasogo concluded this speech wishing every success to the participants of the 23rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the AU.

Text: Ines Ortega.

Photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet).

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

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