Although economic growth and political cooperation have progressed, AU member states remain subject to the international market still controlled by former colonial powers and contemporary neocolonial strongholds in Washington, New York, London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Davos.
By Abayomi Azikiwe (Workers World) |
President Donald Trump’s demeaning comments on his preference for northern European immigrants over Africans both on the continent and in the Caribbean indicate the postcolonial crisis in relations between global capitalism and emerging nations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
This division of wealth, power and influence is glaringly illustrated by the character of two summit meetings held in late January. One gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the 55-member African Union met at its headquarters built by the People’s Republic of China, somewhat represented the aspirations of over 1 billion people living on the continent.
Another confab in Davos, Switzerland, known as the World Economic Forum, was dominated by Western industrial and financial magnates and imperialist governments’ heads of state. African leaders were in Davos, notwithstanding their disadvantaged status.
The Addis Ababa gathering was the 30th summit of the AU, successor of the Organization of African Unity, founded in that Ethiopian capital on May 25, 1963. For 55 years, the AU/OAU has sought to promote the rapid eradication of colonialism and the unification of Africa.
The AU has recently fostered the development of preferential trade areas and strengthened regional organizations, including the Economic Community of West African States, the Southern African Development Community, the East African Community and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
The AU also provides a mechanism for resolving internal conflicts, many stemming from the legacy of European slavery and colonial rule. These initiatives have gained mixed results. Although economic growth and political cooperation have progressed, AU member states remain subject to the international market still controlled by former colonial powers and contemporary neocolonial strongholds in Washington, New York, London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Davos.
The AU summit’s focus was on ending corruption within nation-states. The organization has expressed the goal of becoming completely self-reliant within another two years.
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