Nkosazana Zuma, the African Union Commission (AU) Chairperson, has said African countries should invest in their own resources to prosper.
Speaking at the official opening of the 33rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government summit in Lilongwe, she said African countries especially the SADC must invest in their own resources.
“We will not succeed if we do not invest in the resources that we have.
Africa has a lot of rich resources that we need to invest in. Talk of empowering women and the youth and the agriculture sector.
The 2003 Maputo declaration by the member states emphasis that Africa cannot develop if it excludes women in its endeavors,” she said.
Some of the countries in Africa such as Kenya and Nigeria, she said, are investing in the continent and doing very well.
She noted displeasure that Africa is still importing food yet talking about food security.
“I wish to congratulate SADC for the development of infrastructures which enables its people to move freely within the region as well as the establishment of the ECOWAS.
It is also pleasing to learnt that five countries in the region have launched free trade areas,” she said.
On elections and regional peace, Zuma said leaders should engage in dialogue whenever crisis arises.
“As AU we are concerned with the situation in Egypt and let me take this opportunity to appeal to all parties involved to engage dialogue when differences arise,” appealed Zuma.
Zuma also thanked SADC for inviting AU to the summit and wishes all the participants a good and constructive summit.
Established in July 1999, AU has a vision of “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global area.”