The need for economic and political self-reliance in Africa was stressed by Mr. Robert Gardiner,?
The need for economic and political self-reliance in Africa was stressed by Mr. Robert Gardiner, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, speaking at a foreign Press Association lunch Addis Ababa on Wednesday (October 3).
Elaborating his theme, Mr. Gardiner said that politically the important thing was to shift the focus of decision-making back to Africa.
He added, however, that this new spirit of self-reliance did not mean that Africa should cut herself off form international dealings. But he felt that the new African leaders found no justification for continuing to pay tribute to investors from the countries of their former colonial rules.
SYNOPSIS: The guest speaker being introduced to Addis Ababa Foreign Press Association on Wednesday was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Robert Gardiner.
For the gathered newsmen, Mr. Gardiner had chosen as his theme the trend towards self-reliance in Africa, which he saw dominating the economic. social and political scene during the coming decade. He stressed that it was essential for the importance of this trend to be recognised and its meaning understood -- a task in which the newsmen has an important role to play.
Mr. Gardiner said that the political effect of increased self-reliance would be to completely shift the focus for decision making back to Africa. But he warned against African countries seeking to cut themselves off from the international economy, which could benefit their development. Tow major difficulties had to be overcome. Foreign investors were still wary about possible political instability in Africa. And Africans were wary of being exploited by foreign investors.