Kinshasa, September 28th, 2021 (CPA),– The President of the DRC and President in office of the African Union, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, advocated in favor of Africa « constructive and win-win partnerships, to put to enhance its fabulous natural resources, equip itself with development infrastructure and improve the living conditions of its populations ”.
He underlined this in his address given on September 21st, in New York, during the general debate of the 76th UN General Assembly.
Such a partnership will enable this continent which « does not need alms » to conquer spaces of freedom and action in a world always in competition, in order to forge a better destiny and to make more of its contribution. to the general progress of humanity, estimated the Head of State.
Attention paid to the financing of African economies
However, he affirmed that « The African Union (AU) welcomes all initiatives relating to the financing of African economies affected by COVID-19, in particular those of the G20 on the suspension of debt service and the common framework for the restructuring of debt; the Paris Summit of May 18, 2021 which launched the idea of a New Deal, the 4th Summit of the G20 Pact for Africa, also called Compact With Africa, the ambitious replenishment of IDA 20 resources, and especially the new allocation of 650 billion US dollars in special drawing rights (SDRs) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ”.
The Chairman-in-Office of the AU insisted on the acceleration of the effective availability of these resources by the IMF and the materialization of the promises made to Africa, in compensation for the sacrifices made in order to preserve the humanity against global warming.
This plea is justified, he said, by the fact that the year 2030 will be marked by a drop in GDP of up to 15%, a reduction in agricultural yields and a sharp increase in the risk of coastal flooding and in island countries.
« The 33 billion SDR allocated to Africa in this context are insufficient in view of the immensity of its economic stimulus needs. This is why it is necessary that the United Nations and its Member States support the objective of the Paris Summit, to reach 100 billion SDR for Africa, thanks to the reallocation to poor countries of 25% of SDRs. allocated to rich countries,”he said in particular.
Dynamism of African populations
President Félix Tshisekedi, however, praised the capacities and dynamism of the African populations which add to their natural resources.
He cites as proof the substantial progress made over the past two decades, « in terms of consolidating democratic processes, economic growth and the fight against poverty, despite the pitiless frustrations of international relations as well as the harmful consequences of climatic changes ».
This momentum is hampered, lamented the Congolese Head of State, by « the scourge of insecurity caused by the cohorts of terrorists, armed groups, mercenaries and criminals from all sides » which undermine institutional stability. African democracies and annihilate the efforts of its many leaders.
The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly was opened on September 14, 2021, while its high-level general debate took place from September 21st to 27th, 2021, under the theme « Building on hope to strengthen resilience in order to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, meet the needs of the planet, respect the rights of individuals and revitalize the United Nations”, it is recalled.