The African Union chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, recently spoke out against the Donald Trump’s administration. She stated that Trump posed a threat to the progress on climate change as well as women’s rights.
She advised Africa to be on the safe side by setting up a free trade zone on the continent this year.
This comment was made in her speech at the opening of the African Union’s executive council of ministers’ meeting on Wednesday. She said:
“We seem to be moving towards a multi-polar world as the US under the new administration threatens the consensus on climate change, attack hard-won women’s rights and move towards protectionism.
“Africa’s only protection in these treacherous global waters is to honor the decision to commence its own Continental Free Trade Area in 2017.”
Since President Trump’s administration began, he has already made plans to withdraw the United States from some international partnerships. The new president seems to be more focused on the United States than its relations with other states. Already he has canceled the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multinational deal signed by President Barack Obama that sought to create a “free-trade zone” with Vietnam.
Dr. Dlamini-Zuma stressed that it was important for Africa to reignite the fires of pan-Africanism especially at a time like this. She added that this would assist in fulfilling the goals of Agenda 2063.
As wages, services, democratization, and free education protests sprouted in the past years, she noted that it was a sign of change in the continent.
“Along with the over 50 elections held on the continent over the last four years, and the developments in the cities, towns and rural areas of Africa, shows a continent that is fast-changing.”
She commended African governments for a peaceful transition of power in some parts of the continent while also urging countries to strengthen democracy.