Letter to the Editor

Food for thought

Dear editor,
THE United States of America, Russia, the European Union and China have all recently revised their strategies to engage Africa.
Recently, USA National Security Adviser John Bolton launched a new strategy for Africa.
He accused Russia and China of “predatory practices” in their relationship with Africa and announced a new American strategy.
The EU has a Joint Africa-EU strategy launched in 2007 but revised recently.
China uses the FOCAC as the official forum between the People’s Republic of China and all states in Africa.
Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) had its first summit in November 2006 in Beijing with heads of state of Africa except Eswatini.
The African Union (AU) has the Agenda 2063. It is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.
Major countries such as Japan, India and France also have special strategies to relate with Africa and have intensified their role since the wake of China as a dominant global player.
It builds on, and seeks to accelerate, the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.
Clearly, all continents seem to be banking on Africa.
Are we ready?
EMMANUEL MWAMBA
Pretoria

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