As the new world order is now upon us, Africa must ensure that she does not play the role of a “waiter” any longer, when the rest of the world sits at the table of socio-economic prosperity.
The successful launch of the Pan-African Payment Settlement System (PAPSS) in January 2022 is no doubt a great achievement, and a right move, in the right direction – a strategic one at that. But do I think it will be enough for Africa to rest on that oar? No, it isn’t.
Africa has no business suffering from shortage of food supply as a result of the war in Ukraine. We should be talking of glut and an opportunity to export, or in a worst-case-scenario, we should be talking about surplus as a result of a shrinking market occasioned by such a conflict, and not shortage of supply.
It defies every logic, mentioning Africa in the same breath as “Food Insecurity” – a continent, endowed with vast arable lands, compared to other continents.
How much access does an African entrepreneur have to credit facilities? The level of financial inclusion in the majority of African countries is still very low for Micro Medium and Small Enterprises to be fully involved in driving the integration within the framework of the AfCFTA.
As Africans celebrate the birth of the African Continental Free Trade Area, the continent is no doubt set on the path of economic prosperity and the benefits of Africa becoming a single united trading bloc. However, there are problems that threaten the full implementation of the AfCFTA, particularly the hydra-headed monster called corruption
Zimbabwe’s wildlife landscape is endowed by different animal species, beautifying its environment, yet due to the increasing number of unlicensed animal poachers- the wildlife’s existence is threatened. The female-led Tikki Hywood Foundation is one of Zimbabwe’s animal conservation organisations that thrives to bring awareness and sustainable protection of endangered species.