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The President of the Assembly of the Republic, Verónica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo, said that Africa must use dialogue to end the conflicts and instability that affect most of its countries.
Speaking at the 24th session of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy which is being held in Rome, Italy, under the title “The Christian Understanding of Global Crisis and Ways to Overcome It”, the speaker of parliament said that the continent must also empower the youth and women who make up the bulk of the African population.
“We hope to leverage our economies, relying on the enormous potential of African youth and women, who make up the bulk of our population. The empowerment of these two segments of our societies is undoubtedly the key to progress,” Dlhovo told the assembly, in which she represents the president of the Pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang.
Macamo pointed out that efforts were already being made, citing as an example of this that the Heads of State and Government of the African Union in 2015 adopted “Agenda 2063” called “The Africa We Want” with a view to the economic transformation of the continent.
According to Macamo, this socio-economic agenda aims for growth and sustainable development, for the creation of a prosperous, democratic Africa, justice, the rule of law and peace – a continent with a strong cultural identity, whose development is driven by the people.
“In our view, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the United Nations in 2016, is another important instrument that, if successful, will create conditions for our countries to overcome the challenges resulting from the crisis,” she added.
About the current session, Macamo said it appears timely as it allows participants to move forward with concrete proposals to minimize the negative impact of the global crisis, with a view to making the lives of millions of people affected by poverty and conflict in the world more benign.
It is in this perspective that, she said, that Africa welcomes the Assembly, because it reminds Christians of their undeniable responsibility; because love of the neighbour occupies such a high place in the fundamental values of Christianity and generates solidarity with the poor and the disadvantaged.
“In our view, in the effort to combat the crisis, Christians must follow the teachings of Christ in order to teach through their example of concord. As a result of the crisis, some developing countries are regressing and the gap between rich and poor countries has increased,” she lamented.
Macamo said that Africa would continue to maintain that multilateral relations between countries were the appropriate platform for the global agenda to find solutions to the problems affecting humanity.