Africa Should Trust Africa
By Said Temsamani
The text of the speech of His Majesty King Mohammed VI in Abidjan before Ivorian- Moroccan businessmen, is carrying a unique and singular vision on the economic development of Africa.
The royal vision is clear. It is time for Africa to learn from itself. It is only when Africans do it together that they would be able to develop simultaneously. . It is time for Africa to shift from politics and to focus more on economic diplomacy. African resources should not be channeled on fighting wars but to bring about development. A new roadmap should be elaborated with special focus on issues such as jobs creation, decent housing; education and better health services.
Morocco is deploying tremendous efforts to bridge the gap and create a middle class. However, Morocco does not want to develop alone out of partnership with African countries. Morocco is seeking to flourish business in West Africa within a win win partnership. Agriculture is another area where Moroco is bringing its know how expertise. OCP is committed to provide fertelizers tailored to the needs of African farmers. A major partnership to assure food security in Africa.
Therefore, all attributes of a founding discourse are there. Vision and perspective, the density and the concrete, projection and strategic operability .
Say today to African leaders that the time of “all politics” is over and that only diplomatic actions underpinned by genuine economic approach have a chance to succeed, is a vision that is both pragmatic and bold .
Efficiency, performance and credibilities these are the principles that would measure future political cooperation . These are no longer obsolete slogans , the celebration of a glorified neighborhood and brutalizing or a barren fraternity. Africa deserves better .
The value created by the continent must remain a priority in Africa and enjoy first Africans . Today, a solemn royal appeal to accelerate South-South cooperation , or even triangular cooperation leaning against experience by the most developed countries in Africa .
Only the smart and bold cooperation prevails, one where everyone wins . And that which excludes the reductive vision knowingly maintained a sort of demeaning division fragmenting Africa into small countries and big countries. Neither large nor small country. As there are neither big nor small projects. There simply projects that are at the service of citizens.
“Africa must trust Africa” . A royal call for Africa to trust its children, its forces , its resources. It must break with that old mentality of the colonized . Time for real economic emancipation has come.
Africa does not need finanical support or humanitarian aid! It’s over. It rather needs partnerships built on a principle of equality, mutual efforts and resources that will enable everyone to come out ahead , projects that will challenge underdevelopment insecurity and poverty. Africa has strengths and full of potential. To advance it must overcome the constraints of the past and look to the future with determination and optimism.
King Mohammed’s speech in Abidjan came with a galvanizing idea: ” If the last century was that of the independence of African states , the 21st century will be that of victory of the people against the ravages of underdevelopment , poverty and exclusion.”
This approach is not an invitation to dream for a better tomorrow . It can be a reality today , if the action is released immediately . Action is the key word of the approach and the sine qua non of success.
How to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for Africa? The answer comes in the speech of the Sovereign and presents itself as a collective duty . It involves economic development , trade and regional integration. In this area precisely Morocco, pioneer in triangular cooperation, has credibility and a high level of trust with its partners and is ready to serve this African approach. In the meantime, King Mohammed has set his vision : “Africa should trust Africa”.