Mutharika says Africans need tangible results to believe in AU

Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Africans need to see tangible results of decisions taken by African Union (AU) and its institutions in order to have confidence in the continental organization, the AU chairman, President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi, declared here Tuesday.
Closing the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly, Mutharika said though the organization had been taking loads of decisions year after year, it had little on the ground to show for those decisions.
"Let us use our political will to implement these decisions," he said, noting that the session had, within three days of its duration, taken far-reaching decisions in the areas of safe motherhood and maternal and child health.
"Women are the fountain of life.
If we increase the welfare of women in terms of nutrition, health, education and accessing resources, the chances of reducing maternal and child mortality will be enhanced," Mutharika said.
He urged fellow African leaders, as they return home, "to look at Africa with a new camera" because there was another face of the continent which sometimes were not recognized.
"As Africans, we have been looking at ourselves through the eyes of foreigners.
What we see is an Africa of conflict, misery, famine, poverty and children dying before reaching five years of age.
That Africa is there, but there is another Africa.
"There is Africa of growth where we can feed ourselves, where our children have a chance of survival, where mothers don't lose life while giving birth," Mutharika affirmed, adding "Africa is the last continent where investments make a lot of meaning.
" He urged investors from industrialized countries to invest in Africa, arguing that investments in Africa would bring more returns not only to the continent itself but also to the rest of the world.
"It's not useful for the world to look at Africa as a failing continent," he said, advising advanced countries of the world to desist from what he described as "a colonial mentality of undermining Africa".
He called on potential investors in Africa to bring commodity processing industries that add value to local products in order to stop the outflow of migrants to Europe and other parts of the world in search of jobs.
Mutharika said African migrants went overseas to eke out a living because industrialists in those countries had taken away their rightful jobs by forcing the continent to export unprocessed commodities.
Referring to the agricultural success of Malawi, which he personally engineered within the first year of his presidency, Mutharika appealed to African nations to take off on food security.
"I believe that in the next five years Africa can feed the rest of the world.
It is possible," he said, adding: "As we leave this place, let's go and give a new hope of reality that Africa is the future of the world.
" In a vote of thanks, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called on AU leaders to carry out the decisions they had taken in their respective countries and to face national and global challenges together.

27 july 2010 17:53:00




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