On the occasion of the round table Yaounde housed since Tuesday on “L’intégration régionale, levier incontournable pour la paix et le développement en Afrique centrale ? (Regional integration, essential lever for peace and development in Central Africa? )” The UN Special Representative for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily (photo), has seeded the evils which are the development bottlenecks in the sub-region.
He spoke of the rise in terrorism with the advent of the Boko Haram fundamentalist group that scum some countries in the region such as Cameroon and Chad, drug trafficking whose networks extend their tentacles to beyond borders of Central Africa, piracy at sea and insecurity, looting of raw materials such as wood, ivory, mineral and energy resources. Not to mention the isolationism.
Welcoming the infrastructures that have been built in recent years in several countries of the Community area, the Bathily professor lamented that contracts for its achievements are for the most part attributed to foreigners, which in his eyes, favors not the emergence of a class of men of national and regional business.
This situation, insisted the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, slows the progression of states in the sub-region and especially, preparing a fertile ground for the resurgence of a new division of Africa by the great powers, as it was the case at the Berlin Conference in 1884-1885, when Africa was divided against the will of its sons.
Abdoulaye Bathily gave as evidence, the various summits “China-Africa”, “Japan-Africa”, “Turkey-Africa” and many other powers who “make sweet eyes” to better lure maximum Africans.
According to the diplomat, the solution to these disabilities is through the creation of a class of entrepreneurs conquerors, the pooling of research centers, universities and especially the free movement of people, services and goods to seat real foundations of regional integration.