UK-based think tank advocates state of emergency in Africa

The Council for Afrika International, a UK-based think tank, has called on the United Nations General Assembly to declare a state of emergency in Africa to address the prolonged and bloody conflicts that has hit the continent.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 15:38 PM IST

Accra: The Council for Afrika International,
a UK-based think tank, has called on the United Nations
General Assembly to declare a state of emergency in Africa to
address the prolonged and bloody conflicts that has hit the
continent.
The council has suggested the need for a Marshal Plan to
end the reign of terror of tried, tested and failed
underdevelopment strategies that still result in USD 1.06
trillion annual financial capital flight, out of a "richly
endowed but acutely exploited and pauperised continent."
A release signed by Dr Koku Adomdza, President of the
organisation, and addressed to the world body, said by the
time the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly is finished,
thousands more Africans would have perished due to preventable
causes.

"Three years after the bicentenary anniversary of the
abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 2007, 65 years since the
establishment of the United Nations and at the end of the
first decade of the 21st Century, the majority of Africans,
Diaspora Africans and the African Continent continue to
languish and eclipsed in poverty."

It attributed the problem to marginalisa(GNA)tion by the
"unethical global economic disorder, including cruel
short-changing for raw materials, monopoly of scientific and
technological know-how, monopolised concentration and
ownership of financial capital in the Global North as well as
the "shameless profiteering from the big business of poverty
and economic underdevelopment, for which countless Africans
have for centuries paid and continue to pay the ultimate
price, yet without a light at the end of the tunnel."

"We (Council) hold that this is an indictment of global
leadership, the same way as a board of a corporate entity
would be held responsible and accountable for industrial
hazards that end up in loss of life," the release said.

PTI