Africa must consider the issue of industrialization, intra-African trade and the free movement of goods and services very serious. It is time for African leaders should listen to their people about the issue of importation of foreign goods which are killing the local industry.
Certainly, a country like Japan could not have survived without a strong commitment to industrialization and exportation of commercial products. They couldn’t have developed by merely holding begging bowls, looking at some other nations to come and “save” them just as we in Africa have been doing for the past 50 years of our so-called independence.
How long should Africa continue to be the supplier of raw materials and the dumping grounds of imported goods?
Action is seriously needed from African leaders to see to the swift industrialization of the continent. We have had enough of the speeches and the lectures.
H.E Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda recently stated, if we admire the strength of others such as the USA, China, Japan and Brazil, let us build our own strength now.
The time to launch Africa’s industrial revolution and to remove all those colonial chains (border and visa restrictions) which are hampering our development is now. Tomorrow may be too late.
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.
The second-best time is now.
A word to the wise is enough.
By: Honourable Saka
The writer is a Pan-African analyst, anti-corruption campaigner and the founder of the Project Pan-Africa (PPA), an organization established to unlock the minds of the African youth to take Africa’s destiny into their hands.