Africa is richest yet poorest continent, says Raila

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Raila Odinga

High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa Raila Odinga has called for the unity of African states if they are to realise meaningful development.

The Kenyan opposition leader was among high profile attendees at the Public Private Partnerships Conference held at Serena hotel in Kampala.

Odinga noted that African countries are increasingly recognizing the importance of infrastructure and are actively exploring solutions to fund the required development.

The former Prime Minister says Africa is the richest continent considering resources but with the poorest way of life.

He affirms that most African governments have failed the continent noting that the battle of corruption amongst officials continues.

“There is new thinking on how to finance the opening up of Africa and all its regions to business, travel and trade,” he said.

“Our countries increasingly recognize the importance of infrastructure and are actively exploring solutions to fund the required development.”

He went on: “We need to start thinking of innovation financial markets, strengthening regional integration is key in the development of Africa.”

He said currently, all 54 countries have signed the Intra Africa Trade.

While welcoming Odinga, President Museveni commended him for pushing for the integration of Africa.

“What Odinga said here about political and economic integration is music to my ears! This is what I have been telling my people….Why do you worship the United States as powerful, but you do not want to build your own United States?” Museveni said.

He added: “Our government is one of grandfathers, grandchildren, parents and children. Leaders have let down Africa, so you the bazukulu, fight for the United States of Africa as Raila Odinga has asked. I thank the organisers of this conference.”

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