25 May: Africa Liberation Day – statement by HE Moussa Faki Mahamat Chairman of the African Union Commission
African brothers and sisters,
Today we commemorate the creation, on 25 May 1963 right here in Addis Ababa, of the Organization of African Unity. Exactly 57 years ago, day to day. This date, considered as World Day of Africa, is, like all major celebrations, a moment of joy, pride, but also of meditation and meditation.
57 years ago Africa laid the foundation for its unity, which has been hurt by colonization, by creating a joint organization, the OAU, which became African Union in 2002. 57 years after this founding act, the Africa has taken free from colonial presence and apartheid; it has begun its political unity and great economic, social and cultural progress. Such progress cannot hide the weaknesses and delays sometimes obvious.
Many questions are still facing us, not without anxiety. Has Africa become the continent of freedom, peace, prosperity and success that the founding fathers had dreamed of? Are Africans more united, more supportive and more successful? Has Africa conquered the place to measure its immense potential and legitimate ambitions, on the international stage?
The record of half a century of independence and freedom of the continent leaves doubts.
Despite considerable economic potential, rich, young and dynamic human capital, the majority of African states are struggling to ensure the well-being of their people.
vital areas such as education, health and safety depend to a large extent on external aid. The and tribalism have become more crystallized in favour of a multi-party system and sometimes misguided democratic principles.
From open crises, caused by terrorism and inter-ethnic or inter-ethnic conflicts to post-election crises, Africa still offers scenes of violence, fragility and uncertainty the next day.
Chairman of the African Union Commission of which one of the essential commitments is to silence weapons in this continent, I am deeply wounded by the show that one of the founding members of the OAU and the main creator and maker of the African Union, Libya. The drama that is being played in this country affects us deeply. The failure will not prevent anyone or any segment of the international community whose responsibilities in the pursuit or even worsening of this conflict are immense.
Brothers and sisters of Africa
Friends of Africa around the world,
In this mixed setting, however, there are signs of hope, so much the will to defeat fate is great and the means to break the circle of addiction and poverty are significant. Positive developments, new dynamics, fierce will, spectacular successes continue to affirm and mark the path of the future.
Regional organizations are building up, Continental headlights projects such as the are taking the right direction. The economic integration of the continent, another founding dream of our peoples is now at hand. The emergence of the continent is definitely there. Yet, the strong wish of African people and youth, in particular, is that leadership and leadership will do more to make Africa give the best of itself.
A more africanist view of this leadership, focused on common and engaging strategic goals is needed if we are to pursue the legitimate dream of our youth and the founding fathers.
The reform of the African Union is supposed to provide the Commission with the appropriate legal and political means to be this effective instrument for the realization of our priority actions, the essence of which is reflected in agenda 2063. Our ambition combined with that of our leaders and hundreds of millions of Africans is to walk with even more strength and resolution towards this horizon.
Brothers and sisters of the continent,
The coronavirus pandemic that is shaking the world as it rarely has been, has broken certainties, affected insurance, has a lot of beliefs. Humanity has never looked so fragile and so poor. It may have come for her to wonder about her vanities, her limits in order to think otherwise the civilization of the universal.
Africa, to the great surprise of those who have always considered it, mobilized in the early hours of the outbreak of the pandemic. A mainland response strategy has been developed and immediately implemented.
I would like to pay a deserved tribute to the specialized bodies of the Union which are in charge of this implementation and to the President-in-Office of our Union, his Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, for the relevant initiatives taken, to all our states that have, in remarkable speed taken the appropriate measures in harmony with the mainland strategy.
However, we must redouble our efforts, determination and perseverance in the strict implementation of the pillars of this strategy. We need to go beyond the situation, preparing ourselves for the post-pandemic world conditions.
Africa is strongly committed to invent new forms of resilience. In a world where multilateralism is being tested, Africa must stop waiting for its salvation from others. Africa can no longer indulge in this role as an eternal tank for one, dump for others.
Africa is urged to draw its own path. Its addiction and food insecurity are unacceptable and intolerable, as is the state of its road, port, health and educational infrastructure. Its lands, forests, animal wealth, mines, energy potential, maritime and river waters contain the resources necessary for a sufficient response to the needs of its people. We need, in complete clarity, to decide for an innovative, more introverted than outgoing approach. Let’s live from what we have, by what we have; let’s live in the dimensions of what we have!
By taking us to this path, our leaders will be closer to our citizens, our national states will be stronger. This movement of introversion and support on our own forces, I see it as a catalyst for a new renewal of our national states. It is in the test that the nations and states are really building themselves. Today we are in this moment of history. The big question of this of 19 pandemic, with a Dull voice, is this urgent need to break this dependence from the outside by the double imperative of living on our own resources and to direct us to the voice of our own industrialization. Less rich sets than we did in record times.
I urge women, youth, intellectuals, academics, politicians, politicians, businessmen and brave civil society activists to engage in a fruitful and active reflection on this central issue for our material survival , our independence, our freedom and our dignity.
The only way to contain Covid 19 and its disastrous consequences, to ensure our food sufficient, to create millions of jobs, to save the hundreds of millions of our citizens today seriously exposed to pandemics and risks of all kinds, is that of a real solidarity burst for real strong and sustainable African resilience.
There is no more honorable celebration of Africa’s day than to engage this intellectual, moral and political company, essential for a true renewal of our dear continent.
God bless Africa.