By Abdul Karim Koroma
Mr. Ismeal Koroma, Deputy Chief of Mission to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, says Africa’s integration is hinged on a strong political will by its leaders.
He was speaking on Monday, 14 April, 2014, on the topic: “Working Together Towards Continental Integration,” at the 4th Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) and African Union Commission (AUC) Retreat in Awassa, Ethiopia.
The two-day retreat aims at strengthening the institutional capacity of the AUC and operationalising the work of the Commission, as well as to improve on the interface between the PRC and the AUC.
Koroma opines that Africa’s democratic practice was placing barriers to, and hampering the continent’s interaction process.
“The external factors on budget are a major problem for regional integration,” he said, adding that he who pays the piper calls the tune, as he there is a direct nexus between donor funding and integration.
Earlier, the Chairperson of the AUC, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said that Africa is entering the next 50 years on a very positive note. After two decades of stagnation, dismantling of Apartheid in South Africa and Namibia, and the transformation of the Organization of African Unity to the AUC, she said, Africa is now seeing light at the end of the tunnel.