SOURCE: www.mistra.org.za Issue: Monthly Briefing #14
Presentation by Joel Netshitenzhe to the Pan-African Parliament
On Thursday 9th May 2013, MISTRA Executive Director Joel Netshitenzhe made a presentation, entitled Towards Agenda 2063: A Pan-African Renaissance in the next 50 years?, to the Pan-African Parliament. The presentation has also been published in the May 2013 issue of The Thinker magazine.
Towards Agenda 2063: A Pan-African Renaissance in the next 50 years?
Over the past two decades, the conference circuit has been awash with events to reflect on ‘Africa strategies’. The irony though is that many of these engagements are organised by, and on, other continents to review other countries’ approaches to a region that has started to show much promise. Instructively, Africa itself – and indeed a majority of the countries on the continent – does not have an America or Asia or Europe strategy.
The growing interest in the continent over the past two decades is understandable. Africa is showing great potential and its future development trajectory, undergirded in part by vast natural endowments, is becoming clearer. Countries such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, South Korea and Malaysia are enhancing their involvement in Africa and thus reconfiguring the continent’s multifaceted international relations that were historically informed by colonialism, neo-colonialism and the dictates of the Cold War. At the same time, the so-called “war on terror” has elevated Africa’s strategic significance in international security considerations.
In the context of all this, and on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the OAU, it is appropriate to pose the question: whither Africa! Where will the continent be in another 50 years, in 2063? Africa not only needs to map out scenarios about where it wants to be in the medium- to long-term; it needs to do this proceeding from the premise that it is Africa’s own actions or omissions that will define its 50-year rendezvous.