Asia-Africa cooperation to benefit both continents, development experts believe
Africa is emerging and ready to play a central role in creating fresh ideas for a new global governance system, development experts and officials from across the world said during an international dialogue in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
The continent has also positioned itself in offering the world ideas of creating new institutions to find solutions to the problems faced by the globe, they said.
A close cooperation between Asia and Africa can benefit both the continents as two of them are making good progress, they added.
The government of Rwanda, Rwanda Convention Bureau, leading Indian think tank the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), and UK-based the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy jointly organized the event, titled “Kigali Global Dialogue,” on July 3-5.
The ORF played the lead role in holding the first edition of the dialogue, which, from now on, will be held every year in the Rwandan capital.
Speakers and delegates, who attended the dialogue, include former Serbian president, host of ministers from the home country and other African nations, diplomats and experts from different countries.
The dialogue – positioned around three key elements namely people, growth and development, extensively discussed relevant themes.
With regard to health care systems in fragile states, food, lifestyle, officials underscored the urgency to reviewing existing covenants of globalization, environment-ecology, and realignment of development partnerships.
They also reiterated the importance of transitioning to cleaner sources of energy in Africa, securing technology, mainstreaming climate resilience and adaptation methods.
Highlighting the need for human capital for the fourth industrial revolution, policy-planners said cities, communities and coalition partners must adopt a woman-led approach to the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The mega event, where advanced and emerging nations convened, touched almost all the aspects of emerging Africa and discussed how the continent that is home of half of the world’s fastest growing economies could contribute to the development of the world.
Much emphasis was put in place upon climate change mitigation, green growth, technology transfer, and women’s empowerment.
Geopolitical landscape and factors affecting global political economy was discussed to rather ostensibly.
“As Rwandans, we have realized that it is our collective responsibility to script our own future – we are our biggest assets. And it is this vision that drives us to our desired destination – whether it is investing in health or education, implementing climate resilient policies, or creating flexible environment for innovation,” said Richard Sezibera, the foreign minister of Rwanda.
The Kigali dialogue is intended not only to learn but also to share, he said.
Former Serbian president Boris Tadic, who was instrumental in reconciling the countries that were formerly part of former Yugoslavia, mentioned the killing of more than a million people in Rwandan genocide. He also recollects the brutal killing of 200,000 people in the wars in former Yugoslavia.
In this day and age, he warned that nothing is predictable in this world.
Referring to the US election victory Donald Trump as the President of the United States, he said that very few people thought that the outcome would be as it was.
He added, everyone needs to work harder to keep the world safe.
“In an ever changing world, Africa has been representing the cradle of civilization. Today this continent is set to emerge as the catalyst of its future. A world in weariness may find itself drawn to the dynamism of the African continent,” said Sunjoy Joshi, the ORF chairman.
“The world’s centre of gravity is inextricably shifting. Over the last decade, technology driven economic growth has opened up avenues for unprecedented prosperity in the developing world – a process that is changing the very fabric of the global economic architecture,” said Samir Saran, the ORF president and chair of the Kigali Global Dialogue.
“As the rest of the world confronts a period of uncertainty, Asia and Africa have maintained their trajectory of rapid industrialization, digitization and integration with the global economy,” he said.
It is clear that the choices made by the African continent will form the core of this new narrative, he concludes.