Addressing world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, President John Dramani Mahama urged developed countries to industrialize Africa by relocating their manufacturing operations here. This, he said, would create the jobs needed to stem the tide of immigration out of Africa.
If the teeming youth of Africa must find jobs at home and stop attempting the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean to enter the greener pastures of Europe, then we must review the role Africa plays in world production,” Mahama said.
To this end, he stressed, African countries must begin adding value to their raw materials.
The path to sustainable development for my country, Ghana, and many other African countries, has been a difficult one. We are still the main producers of primary commodities, while secondary and tertiary processing are done in the developed worlds and finished goods are exported back to us.”
Europe and other developed countries can help facilitate Africa’s transition into these manufacturing processes, and to do so, Mahama said, would show the world is really committed to stemming the tide of Africans migrating to developed countries.
The summit approved the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) last Friday, goals which seeks to end poverty while taking into account environmental issues.