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Africa needs partnership, not sympathy, Mahama tells UN

27 September 2013, 18:25

Abidjan -Ghana’s President, John Mahama, has called on leaders of more developed nations to partner African leaders toward ensuring sustainable development of the continent.

This is contained in Mahama’s address presented at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Mahama said that much of what was currently seen were gestures that connoted pity and sympathy instead of partnership for economic development.

"Often the western world has wrongly assumed that we in Africa do not know our worth, this is entirely wrong because Africans are aware of who they are.

"African leaders are aware that what the continent needs is not sympathy, it is partnership which will avail us the ability to stand on our own feet,’’ he said.

The Ghanaian president further said that the continent would achieve serious development given the right partnership.

"Africa is not in search of hand-outs, Africa is in search of opportunities, we have already shown that with time and the right opportunity, Africa can make it.” Mahama said.

Mahama stated that there was need to transform Africa’s economy by adding value to its primary export produce.

"It is not good enough for Africa to export raw gold, cocoa, petroleum and other resources and end up importing product finished from its produce."

"Africa needs to add value to its natural resources by setting up industries that will add these values,’’ he said.

He said that such step would create more employment for the teeming youths and boost economic growth in the continent.



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