President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has called on African Nations to join hands and work together towards progressing African development agenda and cease from pointing out how the continent still lags behind.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the just concluded World Economic Forum, at a breakfast event with business leaders hosted by Marc Holtzman before later attending the reception launch of African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa.
“It is not enough for Africa to make a little progress. We need to get organized nationally but also across borders. We need to be tired of repeating the story of how behind we are to the rest of the world. The bottom line is we have to work together,” President Kagame said.
Joining Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Ades“It is not enough for Africa to make a little progress. We need to get organized nationally but also across borders. We need to be tired of repeating the story of how behind we are to the rest of the world. The bottom line is we have to work together,” President Kagame said.
In a separate event held during the World Economic Forum, President Kagame said that Africa has the required skills to put energy in place.
“What is needed is to examine why we Africans are not moving as fast as we should be. There is a silver lining around Africa's challenges. They make us, in Rwanda and Africa, think harder and smarter. Challenges remind us there are things we should be doing that are within our means. We know if we traded amongst ourselves we would have a higher GDP growth. These are things we don’t have to wait for. We can easily compensate what we are losing from outside by concentrating on what we can do between and among ourselves.”
“Before people worry about technology replacing jobs, why don’t we concentrate on using it for the right reason: productivity? In Africa we have a deficit of technology for productivity, how do we start worrying about a problem before solving another?” President Kagame added.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam concurred with President Kagame adding that; “Africa is not a doomed continent; it is a rising continent with challenges we can address together.”
This year’s World Economic Forum run under the theme: ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution.’