Africa must look for partnerships
Africa needs to form partnerships with the developed nations in order to realise the continent’s goal to industrialise, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said .
She was speaking in Washington ahead of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit called by US President Barack Obama.
Nkoana-Mashabane said while South Africa would listen to what President Obama had to say it was important that an Africa’s voice be heard during deliberations this coming on Wednesday (6 August).
“Wherever we go, we, together with other African governments, will always champion the African agenda, particularly regarding peace, security and development, including industrialisation and beneficiation of our extensive mineral resources,” she said.
The conference takes place after President Obama announced the Washington Nelson Mandela Leadership Initiative to develop and train political and economic leaders in Africa.
The programme will be rolled out in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Senegal and its beneficiaries will be Africans aged between 25 and 35, who will be given an opportunity to study at some of the USA’s top universities.
“We welcome this initiative. It’s one of many programmes that we as the South African government support and hope other African nations will support these and other initiatives to industrialise and grow Africa’s individual economies,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.