Present in the United States as part of the winter meeting of the National Association of Governors of the United States where he became the first African Head of State to speak to US governors, Akufo-Addo n ‘ did not hesitate to promote the spirit of “Africafirst”, or Africa first. For this one, there is something to trust in Africa.
According to President Akufo-Addo, growth in Africa was the second highest in Asia in 2015, adding that six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa this year.
“We are rich in natural resources and own nearly 30% of the remaining mineral resources on the planet. We have a young and dynamic population, and although we still have serious security problems, we are more at peace than before, “he said.
The President recalled that the historic decision of the African Union to create a Free Trade Area to be launched on March 21, 2018 presents immense opportunities to bring prosperity to Africa with hard work, business and creativity.
“It’s time to look at Africa”
While acknowledging the discouraging specter of young Africans crossing the Sahara Desert on foot and drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, President Akufo-Addo explained that the current structure of African economies depend on the production and export of raw materials. , can not create prosperity.
“These economies can not produce wealth and prosperity for the masses on the continent. This is an incentive to look for a much better standard of living in Africa, fueling refugee crises and numerous counts of illegal migration, “he said.
The great wave of migration to the United States from Ireland and Italy in the nineteenth century has completely disappeared, because the economies of both countries are working properly, the Ghanaian president said.
It is for this reason that President Akufo-Addo stated that “the only way to ensure prosperity in Africa and the employment of our youth is to create value-added activities in a transformed and diversified modern economy, in which Digital Revolution. ”
“We are determined to do so in our generation in Ghana, on the continent, and to ensure that future generations will not be victims or pawns of the world order,” he added.