Tag Archives: Agenda 2063

African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Towards Unity and Harmonization, Eventually…

Arguably, the long-term benefits of AfCFTA outweigh the short-term challenges a country may face if it joins.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a planned free trade area, outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 49 of the 55 African Union nations.

BY METKEL SEWRA | SHABAIT

Forty four out of fifty five African countries signed the consolidated text of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement during the 18th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State on March 21, 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda. Continue reading African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Towards Unity and Harmonization, Eventually…

HIV/AIDS: Threat to Society and Security

“HIV/AIDS is “an insidious and relentless foe, more destructive than any army, any conflict, and any weapon of mass destruction” – Colin Powel

Protecting citizens from the spread of HIV/AIDS and protecting sovereignty and territorial integrity are of equal importance.

BY SIMON WELDEMICHAEL

Throughout history, there have been many devastating pandemics and disasters around the globe. While humanity has experienced great mortality through wars and pandemics, few things have
inflicted death and raised anxiety to the degree of HIV/AIDS. Beyond the various pandemics and complex conflicts, HIV/AIDS has disrupted and destroyed the lives of many. Ominously, HIV/AIDS continues to cause large numbers of deaths and contributes to much of the misery of plaguing humankind. Continue reading HIV/AIDS: Threat to Society and Security

‘Transfer to Heavy Industry is Critical to Future Expansion’: Ambassador Estifanos

Most of the existing industrial enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa are mostly small scale. The need to shift to heavy industrial scale is critical now. (Photo: FM Kishida of Japan and FM Osman of Eritrea exchanged ideas and opinions on bilateral #TICAD VI cooperation in Nairobi.)

By Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki,

The significance of the industrial sector to national and regional development is very clear. Industrial enterprises diversify the economic activity of the agrarian-dominated production structure of our African countries that is mostly at a subsistence level.

The share of the industrial sector, including manufacturing, mining and construction, ranges in the average of 40 – 50 percent of the GDP of most of the countries in Africa. Though the labor force deployed in this sector remains low (mostly 1 – 2 percent) compared to agriculture and other sectors, its contribution to economic growth is significantly high.

Most of the industrial enterprises in our countries are limited to food, beverages, tobacco and matches, textiles, leather and shoes, metal and woodwork, printing, nonmetallic minerals and chemicals. The colonial legacy of the concentration of economic activities in few limited centers, either in capital cities or seaports, is observed in many of the countries in Africa. Continue reading ‘Transfer to Heavy Industry is Critical to Future Expansion’: Ambassador Estifanos