A great message, anywhere anytime.


Some are disappointed that some of the Leaders rejected the pan-African dream. But these kinds of things don’t come easily or fast. Everyone has to have their say. And everyone has to think they are gaining more than they are losing.

Southern and East African leaders have rejected plans to set up a pan-African government . . .
although
. . . Ghana’s Foreign Minister believes problems are inevitable but can be overcome as the European Union has done.


But this summit was a good step on the road to regional and continental cooperation and integration. The Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund is a significant point for pride. In his remarks Ghana’s president:

. . . threw the challenge to his colleague Heads of State to sincerely commit to implementing protocols dedicated to the integration programmes, which include the free movement of people and goods, the establishment of customs unions, common currencies and markets, and the harmonization of the security policies and programmes.

People may not be entirely happy with the results of the summit, but this passage from Koranteng’s Toli has been running through my mind. The 2007 AU Summit is on the right track, and a far cry from this:

I’ve often wondered what it was like to attend, say, an OAU meeting circa 1989. That must surely have been a rogues gallery sans pareil. Could you shake hands with everyone in that room and look at yourself in the mirror the next day? For that matter, could you sleep that night? And what did the small talk of the nifty fifty sound like? Scratch that, what exactly was their big talk? Inquiring minds want to know.
Comparing notes about fiscal looteries past
Idle boasts of military efficiencies
The minutiae of collateral damage

Regional cooperative agreements are a beginning, and are making accomplishments in a variety of places. Regarding the current summit, in the absence of a unified commitment and approach, as E.K. Bensah so astutely points out:

. . . the plethora of regional economic communities (RECs) offer necessary comparative advantages–both economic and otherwise–to countries.
. . .
In the specific context of the African Union government . . . it brings into sharp relief the utmost importance of fine-tuning and harmonising the RECS.