The president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo addressed the G20 partnership for African summit currently taking place in Berlin, Germany on the theme investing in a common future.
In his speech, he urged Africa leaders to assume responsibility for the transformation of their economies and avoid aids, charity, dependency and handouts.
“If we, Africans are to transform our stagnant jobless economies built on the export of raw materials and unrefined goods to value added economies that provide jobs to build strong middle-class societies that lift the mass of our people out of poverty, then we must take our destinies into our own hands and assume responsibility for this” he explained.
According to the president of the Republic of Ghana, “to take responsibility, African leaders must facilitate the building of new sustainable African civilization where there is accountable governance, respect for rule of law, individual liberties and human rights’’.
He future insisted that, “we can no longer remain producers and exporters of raw materials”. Also “we must add value to our commodities and create wealth for our people. Our independence on raw materials has in fact increased in the past century. It is this independence that feeds our independence on foreign aid’’ he added.
His Excellency, Nana Akuffo Addo further insisted Africa has the resources and means, materials and human resources with women and youth in the forefront to transform the structures of its economies and be part of the international division of labor at the high end of the value.
The summit was also attended by the president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, leaders from African countries and G20 members in Berlin.
The G20 summit is aimed to increase investment opportunities, push for more sustainable infrastructure as well as create jobs and employment in African countries.
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