African Union and President Obiang support development of African Youth and removing Intervention Africa
Published by www.equatorialguineaonline.com
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea June 30, 2011, 1:00 pm ET
Two of the main topics discussed at the current African Union Summit being held in host country Equatorial Guinea, is sustaining growth in Africa through development of its youth, as well as a decrease of the involvement of foreign countries in political matters within many African countries.
Over 40% of the current African population is below 15 years of age. Africa is by far the continent with the largest global youthful population, with 60% of Africa’s population below 24 years. The AU leaders have been stressing that if managed well, this demographic represents Africa’s best development asset over the coming decades. In order for this to happen, it is important to better understand the needs of Africa’s youth, the opportunities provided by their ideas, and the sources of innovation and employment at the country and regional level, in order to design and implement the right policies aimed at unlocking the creativity and innovativeness of this group. In order to achieve this, Africa and the rest of the world must acquire patience, as well as comfort in doing business in Africa.
Concerning the topic of foreign involvement in the political landscape of Africa, Obiang (current AU Chairman) states that foreign military intervention has caused massive suffering in Africa, said Thursday in a message that is being seen as a jab at the NATO airstrikes in Libya
Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who is the president of Equatorial Guinea, also blamed outside “agents” for sparking pro-democracy demonstrations in countries across Africa including his own.
“The intervention for human rights are nowadays causing a massive scourge,” he said at the opening of the AU’s biannual summit being held in this capital, located on an island off the western coast of Africa. “The uncounted number of victims, among them women and children, displaced people and the destruction of economic infrastructure does not justify such interventions. Instead of providing solutions to problems we are complicating and worsening world conflicts.”
Speaking about the popular uprisings in North Africa, Obiang said the youth are right to protest when their cause is “just and necessary,” but added that outside “agents” are in some cases attempting to manipulate public sentiment in order to cause unrest.
“I draw attention here to those agents accustomed to manipulating the innocence and the good faith of our youth and inexperienced population to unnecessarily cause sterile revolutions,”. “This is the case of my country, Equatorial Guinea, which is victimized by a systematic campaign of misinformation by these agents.”
Based on the events of the last couple of days at the AU Summit, it appears that the group is prepared to support the regime change in Libya.
On Thursday, the committee said it had met in Malabo and agreed on a set of proposals to help Libya emerge from the crisis. It said the proposals would be submitted to the AU assembly for their support.
“I believe there is certainly a change in the whole perception of Gadhafi. We are in a very different position to the one we were in just five, six weeks ago,” said Britain’s Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham who attended the first part of the conference.
He said he had met with many of the foreign ministers of the 53 member nations attending the conference, and found that even those that were previously reluctant to call for Gadhafi’s ouster are now privately agreeing that he should go.
Strong stable governments within the developing African nations is essential for the growth of the future of Africa, their youth. Based on the latest statements coming out of the AU, it appears that both topics are being addressed and should prove successful.