President Mnangagwa has faced Africa to follow the vision of the founding members and promote economic amalgamation and sustainable development.
In his statement to mark the 57th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation for African Unity, the African Union, on May 25 1963, the President celebrated Africans for protecting the continent’s independence.
“As we celebrate Africa Day, we are jubilant that the vision of our founding fathers has been by and large realised, kept and is jealously defended. Above all, that vision continues to be elaborated upon, notably through Agenda 2063 which envisions an economically integrated continent of Africa which will be a global powerhouse by 2063. Our continent’s desire is to achieve sustainable development, through concrete manifestations of the Pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity.”
President Mnangagwa said cooperation was imperative in the continent’s mission to achieve food security and to alleviate the impact of climate change and threats of disease outbreaks.
“Conscious of Agenda 2063, we must continue to explore and exploit our vast natural resources. The value addition and beneficiation of our various resource endowments must be harnessed to modernise and industrialise Africa’s economies. In this ‘Decade of Action’, let us give impetus to innovation. We must drive all facets of socio-economic development, leveraging on science, technologies as well as our rich heritage, history and cultures,” said the President. “The realisation of sustainable development and the great vision of an improved standard of living for our people must remain a top priority.”
President Mnangagwa called on Africans to express the rich cultural heritage, languages and identities.
He added the Extraordinary SADC Organ Troika Summit recently discussed the terrorism scourge experienced in some parts of Mozambique.
“Let me reiterate our unequivocal rejection of terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, and our strong condemnation of all terrorist acts, which will never be justified. Zimbabwe remains committed to play its part in all regional and continental initiatives as our modest contribution towards a prosperous and peaceful world order,” he said.