I stumbled on a report in the June 7, 2007 edition of Daily Nation, a widely circulating Kenyan newspaper to the effect that
2007 – 2009: Establishment of the Union Government.
2009 –2012: Union Government and laws in place for the United States of Africa.
2012 –2015: All required structures of the United States of Africa in place.
The report specified the officials who will run the affairs of the Union, the modus operandi of their appointment and election, capping the long list of what it called ‘Key Features of the Proposal’ with a proposed establishment of financial structures including an African Stock Exchange, Central Bank and one currency (the Afro?).
What comes out screaming from the report is that African leaders are determined to create one politically and economically focused African continent. The ultimate result is to give
It means the adventurous and honest African can feel free to move from say Chad Republic through Ghana, Nigeria to Gabon and decide to reside in Kenya or Tanzanian with minimal or zero immigration hassles. Goods and services can flow and interact from one corner of the continent to the other without fear of the influence of demand and supply short changing the buyer who may be from a currently economically suspicious
With the coming of US of Africa, Northern and Southern Sudan will merge just like West and
However, is this lofty dream practicable or realisable even in the next eight years as specified in the 2007 – 2015 process enumerated above?
The first port of call in an attempt to subject the reliability of The United States of Africa to a litmus test is an evaluation of the effectiveness of the African regional bodies: How far has African Union (AU) gone in policing the troubled spots in the continent? What is the implementing respect African leaders give to AU’s directive? What is the effectiveness grade of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the area of life it proclaims to champion, economy? Are the two COMESSA-bodies Community of Sahel-Saharan States, and Common Market of East and
As advantageous as the establishment of US of Africa is, there are certain monumental obstacles that may hinder its gestation. Some countries in the continent can simply be described as economic parasites. They are so economically deprived to the extent that their annual budget is announced after their colonial masters must have declared theirs. Some African countries still rely almost hundred percent on aid and grant to run their heavily impoverished economy. What happens to US of Africa when the interest of the donor nation is at variance with that of the US of A? Is the suspicion not there that a particular African leader, Ghadaffi has been the only loud voice in this regard? How come other African leaders are not expressing similar enthusiasm in the scheme since it the general progress of
My simple approach to the formation of the US of Africa inspired of its desirability and centrality is like it is said in bureaucratic setting, kiv, the idea should be kept in view if
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