By Jawad Chafil
From Accra to Casablanca, Yes we can and We will.
Take a moment with me, to imagine AFRICA in the year 2025. What changes would you imagine, expect or aspire to for AFRICA?
What if we could keep all the wonderful, unique biota aspects of the continent, all the things we value about it right now, add to and enhance them with new technology, innovative thinking, sustainable approaches, and careful planning, to breathe new life into AFRICA and make it an even better place to live, work and enjoy for all peoples? Clearly economic development can no longer continue to take place without any regard to the environment of Africa. Previously, it was more difficult to take this course of action without any justifications. Climate change is a fact and a growing threat to many vital economic sectors such as agriculture and food industries. Analysing global patterns of climate change is evident to demonstrate the changes in land degradation, erosion and food supplies.
What if AFRICA could develop into a major hub? What if, together with the support of the youth, the local governments, skilled workers from the African communities abroad (Japan, USA, Brazil, South Africa, Australia etc.) We could transform AFRICA into a system of integrated hubs and spaces, linked by networks of green infrastructure.
At the GA I felt the spirit of an open free market economy in the continent – it will generate a positive flow of new direct investments and opportunities. In my understanding economic freedom and free market economies build prosperity . Africa absolutely needs a pure fair and square free market economy , relatively free from barriers where all African citizens are free to trade in goods and services with eased rules inside the continent. The intra African trade is a key to African renaissance .