Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Runs for African Union Presidency


Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, aims to develop programs to provide more employment opportunities for young people throughout Africa and reduce emigration as part of his platform as he runs for the Presidency of the African Union Commission.

Minister Mba Mokuy has placed special emphasis on policies directed toward young people. In a recent interview he said, “Youth is one of the priorities of the Equatorial Guinea candidacy. Why do young people emigrate? I believe that the African Union Commission should support the Heads of State with the adoption of programs that allow the creation of more employment on the African continent. We have this capacity; we have to strengthen it. Many of our young people leave because they cannot find jobs. For that reason, priority must be given to youth directly or indirectly, to deal with these issues, and the question of youth and the question of employment".
 
He stressed the idea of intellectually empowering young people, as many other countries do in order to best use their resources. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also raised two basic issues confronting the African continent. One is that the need to eradicate the "culture of wa.," He said,  "Africa should not forget its idiosyncrasies, that it is a culture of dialogue and traditional values." In addition, he called on the African Union to finance itself through wholly African money. Currently, it has 80% foreign capital.”

Botswana and Uganda are also being considered for the Presidency of the African Union.
Minister Mba Mokuy concluded the interview by highlighting the importance of remaining united for a single cause, Pan-Africanism: "In order for this dream to become a reality, the African countries have to take steps to ensure there is order, stability and security. President Obiang Nguema Masobo said that we need to call on Africa to show seriousness, dignity, respect and solidarity".