AU DAY TODAY: Coronavirus has exposed Africa’s economic paradigm – Mahama

In celebrating Africa Union (AU) day today, 25th May, former Chair and former President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama indicates, the novel Coronavirus pandemic since its outbreak globally has exposed the weaknesses in the economic paradigm of African countries.

To him, African countries should be able to turn these misfortunes around by practicing innovative leadership as well believing in Africa enterprising and utilization of the numerous dynamic young people, hence untapped rich human resources.


However, the fomer Chair John Dramani Mahama believes most African countries are struggling in the area of health infrastructure as the virus continues to put pressure on health facilities and healthcare workers across the globe.

These where conatained in a statement to mark the Africa Union (AU) Day celebrations.

Speaking further, the former President indicated that, “COVID-19 has exposed the structural weaknesses of our economic paradigm as exporters of primary goods and importers of finished products”.

However, believes strongly “with innovative leadership and a belief in especially our enterprising and dynamic young people, we can and we should turn the wheels of the African Economy back on track. Happy AU Day”.

The Afria Union (AU) Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of Organisation of Africa Unity on May 25th 1963.

It is celebrated in various African countries on the Africa Continent and around the world globally.

Below is the Full Statement of Former Chair and Former President of Republic of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama.


John Mahama on #AfricaDay 2020
Seven years ago, I joined my colleague Heads of State in Addis Ababa to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Continental Union, the African Union.

We adopted #Agenda2063 as our blueprint for transforming our continent into a future significant global partner.
Across our continent, as we celebrate #AfricaDay on Monday, May 25, we must dedicate ourselves as a people and governments towards realising the objectives of #Agenda2063 and building #TheAfricaWeWant.

COVID-19 has exposed the structural weaknesses of our economic paradigm as exporters of primary goods and importers of finished products.

But with innovative leadership and a belief in especially our enterprising and dynamic young people, we can and we should turn the wheels of the African Economy back on track.
Happy AU Day.
John Dramani Mahama
Cantonments – Accra

Source: www.thenewindependentonline.com

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