Like all the flagship events this year on the continent, the Day of the Liberation of Africa celebrated every May 25 was strongly overshadowed by the Covid-19. In Washington however, the African Diplomatic Corps and the African Union Mission held a panel discussion. The theme was: “Harnessing Coronavirus for a Peaceful and Prosperous Africa”
A video conference hosted by the United States Institute of Peace was moderated by former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnny Carson. On the panel there were several experts and diplomats including Ambassador from the Republic of Congo and Dean of African Diplomatic Corps Serge Mombouli.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Mombouli highlighted several important key areas of development on the continent ranging from a warming Africa/US Relations to Africa Continental Free Trade Area and the pressing issue of COVID-19 pandemic. He urges the world to work together to make sure the continent does not become the next epicenter of this disease which has already killed 354,205 globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. Let’s listen.
In the lights of this year’s Africa Day theme “Silencing the Guns, Creating conditions for Africa’s Development”, Panelists exchanged on how US and Africa can foster a genuine partnership to address shared priorities, concerns and opportunities during a time of global solidarity. AlloAfricaNews